TALKS

UPCOMING TALKS

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Saturday 1st February 

Pauline Goldsmith
Ruth Honeybone

Talbot Rice Gallery
11am to 12 midday
FREE but ticketed

A backwards and forwards journey through time listening to the words of people who have lived or worked in the hospital over the past 200 years. From newspaper articles, letters from the Lothian Health Services Archive and face to face interviews. All form part of the research for Mark Dion’s artwork 200 years 200 objects.
http://www.ed.ac.uk/about/museums-galleries/talbot-rice/upcomingevents/upcomingevents

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Saturday 8th February


Christopher Dingwall
Talbot Rice Gallery
11am to 12 midday
FREE but ticketed

In an illustrated talk, Christopher Dingwall will consider how the designed landscapes that surround many of Scotland’s hospitals came to be seen as important in the treatment of patients. The pioneering work of Dr. W.A.F. Browne, first at the Montrose Asylum, and later at the Crichton Royal Institution in Dumfries, will be considered, as will the way in which his ideas on occupational therapy grew out of his links with the early 19th century phrenological movement. Parallels with be drawn with other reform movements of the period, which saw the development of public parks and garden cemeteries.
http://www.ed.ac.uk/about/museums-galleries/talbot-rice/upcomingevents/upcomingevents

PIONEERS OF MADNESS episode 2

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LISTEN HERE to a very interesting second episode about the patients experience.

Talbot Rice Gallery, Tuesday 14th January 2014 at 6pm.

Join Professor Owen Dudley Edwards as he talks about Arthur Conan Doyle, exploring his relationship with his father, Charles Altamont Doyle, and its influence on his writing.

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Charles Doyle, as well as being father to Arthur, was a gifted artist with a history of mental ill health, spending a good part of his life in mental institutions. Ironically, it was during his time in these institutions, that Charles created some of his best artwork. He created this work to prove his sanity, sending the drawings to his family as proof of his wrongful confinement. In spite of these efforts, he would remain in an asylum for the rest of his life. On the morning of October 10, 1893 Charles suffered from a severe epileptic fit that proved too powerful for his weakened heart. He was buried in a graveyard in Dumfries, Scotland.

How did this affect the creator of the world’s greatest detective?

Introduced by Professor Ronnie Jack, esteemed academic and long time friend and colleague of Owen Dudley Edwards.

Professor Owen Dudley Edwards is honorary fellow of the School of History, University of Edinburgh. He is the general editor of the Oxford Sherlock Holmes series, and is a recognised expert on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
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The event was attended by approximately 180 people. Ronnie gave an eloquent introduction to the talk and Owen introduced the audience to a tiny part of his extensive knowledge of Arthur Conan Doyle.
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On the 8th of January Ever Present Past featured on the Culture Studio. You will hear EPP Programme Producer & exhibition curator, Trevor Cromie; Writer, Nicola White and artist, Claire Barclay talking about their the programme twenty-eight minutes and fourty-two seconds in.

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LISTEN HERE

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On the 8th of January 2014 Edi Stark explored 200 years of pioneering mental health care at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital.

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Mark Dion delivered a talk about his artistic practice and took part in an open discussion about his new work, ‘200 Years, 200 Objects’ on Saturday the 16th November 2013.

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On Wednesday 18th Sept Gayle Davis, Senior lecturer in the history of medicine at Edinburgh University presented a talk that reassessed the asylum’s place in British Psychiatry by .

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On Wednesday 28th of August we heard the voices of staff, patients and local people unearthed within the Lothian Health Services Archives and interviews of patients and staff. Sometimes sad, sometimes heart warming, they combined to weave a compelling story of the everyday.

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On Wednesday 26th June Raymond MacDonald, Professor of Music Psychology and Improvisation at the School of Music at the University of Edinburgh, explored different perspectives investigating the benefits of music and health- why does music make you feel better?

FINAL A3 REH MUSIC WELLBEING ARTWORK

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On the 24th of April Edith Elliot and Elaine Bannerman looked at how Dietetics began in Edinburgh. Edith and Elaine explored how the importance of food in the clinical care of patients evolved over the years.

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With the support of the Lothian Health Services Archive.

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On the 17th of April poet Valarie Gillies explored the story of how the brief life of Fergusson, one of our greatest poets, is connected to Andrew Duncan’s proposal to build the hospital.

The Poet & The Physician talk poster.

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On the 3rd of April Dr Claire McKechnie, Medical Humanities ResearchNetwork, University of Edinburgh, will explored narratives of grief from the past 150 years. The talk revealed the experience of illness through the narratives of others past and present.

FINAL A3 REH DISTANT VOICES POSTER ARTWORK

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On the 27th of March 2013  Kirsten Maclean, Community History Worker and Eileen Hay, Oor Mad History Volunteer, volunteer advocate and member of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital Patients’ Council, looked at the hidden, evolving history of activism, by people with experience of mental health issues.

03 A3 REH OOR MAD POSTER ARTWORK

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On the 20th of March Dr Allan Beveridge presented a fascinating insight into REH patients’ experiences, with an introduction and response by Poet, Jo McFarlane.

FINAL A3 REH VOTM POSTER ARTWORK

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On the 5th of March 2013 we held an informal panel discussion on the ‘Memories of Nursing’ at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital.

FINAL A3 REH NURSING POSTER ARTWORK

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