Moonstruck: 500 years of Mental Health Exhibition

When & Where

Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Friday, 14 June 2019 (All day) to Monday, 23 December 2019 (All day)
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH2 1JQ

Event Details

The story of mental health…

from witchcraft and home remedies to straitjackets and ECT

The illustrations, books and objects displayed in this exhibition show the changing understanding of mental health over the last 500 years.

This is not simply a history of psychiatry, although that is an important part of this story. It also includes mental health experiences which date from long before the profession of psychiatry existed and uncovers the self-help remedies of those who never came into contact with medical professionals.

Additionally it considers the role of physicians, including Fellows and Members of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, in the support for and treatment of these conditions.

This exhibition encourages us to examine our own ideas around mental health and aims to show how, even now, many older stereotypes and ideas about these conditions remain unchanged.

Further information:


Daisy Cunynghame
0131 247 3645



Event Location

Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh


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