Echoes from the Asylum: A Journey through the Mental Institutions of the 18th and 19th Century Europe

The massive buildings, the numerous mental asylums from the past still fascinate visitors and historians today. What was life like inside the walls of these closed institutions? What was it like to work there? To live there? This lecture travels back in time into the haunting shadows of the history of the mental asylums. Experience the chilling tales of those who were locked away, their voices silenced, their lives forever altered by the experimental treatments of their time. Uncover the harrowing stories of the inmates, their struggles, their resilience, and their unspoken hopes. Explore the evolution of mental health treatments, from the crude and often cruel methods of the past to the dawn of understanding and compassion. This lecture is not just a chronicle of history, but a tribute to the human spirit’s indomitable will to survive and never give up on the hope of freedom. Join us, as we unlock the forgotten stories etched in the cold stone walls of the asylums, resonating with the echoes of the past.


Lena Schattenherz Heide-Brennand is a Norwegian lecturer with a master degree in language, culture and literature from the University of Oslo and Linnaeus University. She has been lecturing and teaching various subjects since 1998. Her field of interest and main focus has always been topics that others have considered strange, eccentric and eerie, and she has specialised in a variety of dark subjects linked to folklore, mythology and Victorian traditions and medicine. Her students often point out her thorough knowledge about the subjects she is teaching, in addition to her charismatic appearance. She refers to herself as a performance lecturer and always gives her audience an outstanding experience

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27 November 2024 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

£6 - £10 & By Donation

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