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Discourses of regeneration in early twentieth-century Britain : from Bedlam to the Imperial War Museum
journal contributionposted on 2001-12-01, 00:00 authored by Steven Cooke, L Jenkins
This paper examines the building that presently houses the Imperial War Museum, investigating the transformation of the archetypal ‘mad space’ of the Bethlem Royal Hospital into what has been described as the ‘biggest boy’s bedroom in London’. Following recent concerns in human geography with Imperial cities, it highlights the differing ways in which this transformation embodies a number of themes of degeneration and regeneration in early twentieth-century Britain.