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Furiously Mad: 300 Years of Legal Insanity

Furiously Mad: 300 Years of Legal Insanity

Due to events taking place, our Community Gallery will be closed from the afternoon of Thursday 29 May until mid morning on Saturday 31 May. Apologies for any disappointment.

A fascinating insight into mental health, past and present

2 April 2014 — 6 July 2014

2 April - 6 July 2014, Furiously Mad - 300 Years of Legal Insanity by Alan S © Pool Arts

Time 10:00 - 17:00

Duration 7 hours

Cost In order to keep our exhibitions programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation

2 April - 6 July 2014, Furiously Mad - 300 Years of Legal Insanity by Eddie Price © Pool ArtsThis fascinating exhibition reveals the legislative history relating to the treatment of people described as ‘Furiously Mad’ in a legal document in 1714 – through to the more recent treatment of the ‘mentally ill’.

Pool Arts have been working on this Heritage Lottery funded exhibition, researching both mental health law and policy, whilst also developing their own personal responses to the subject.  From drawings that one artist made during his time working as a psychiatric Schizophrenianurse, another who is examining the cultural influences of and on the film One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, to an artist’s personal dialogue about schizophrenia.

The exhibition features an interactive time line, and art works including installation, performance, video, print and paintings.

Suitable for adults and young people

The Community Gallery space is where local groups can display their own work. We try to make these displays relevant to the story told in the museum where possible.  Find out more if you are interested in exhibiting.

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