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Talking Sense Exhibition by The Portico Library

The Portico Library first opened in 1806. Several of its early members worked at the nearby Manchester Lunatic Hospital, the first institution in England set up – in its own words – to provide “humane treatment of mental disease”. Here, they have displayed books from the Library’s collection that introduce historical ideas about the mind and brain, alongside fifty artworks by artists working today who have encountered mental health systems or explored psychological themes in their work.


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