New Project – Furiously Mad – 300 years of Legal Insanity

We have been successful in securing Heritage Lottery Funding for our latest project –  Furiously Mad – 300 years of Legal Insanity.

In 1714, Parliament passed a law that for the first time allowed for the legal detention of people ‘Of little or no estates, who by lunacy, or otherwise, are furiously mad’. Pool Arts wish to commemorate this event, and subsequent milestones in the history of mental health care, mainly in England and Wales. We would aim to do this in two ways – by presenting excerpts from this history in both graphical and textual forms. Alongside this, we would, as individual artists use various media to explore the issues raised by this history. This would include responses informed by archival research as well as personal experience in this field.

The exhibition will open at the People’s History Museum in April 2014 and run until the 30th June 2014. Watch this space.