Encountering R D Laing’s Archive

University of Glasgow Library Blog

The year 2014 marks 200 years of organised psychiatric care in the West of Scotland and 25 years since the death of Glasgow-born psychiatrist and author Ronald David Laing (1927-1989).

Special Collections have been involved with two recent events, to mark these significant anniversaries. Dr Cheryl McGeachan, School of Geographical & Earth Sciences, has worked with the Laing collection here for a number of years now. In collaboration with members of the Laing family, myself and colleagues working in psychiatry, she organised a conference in October, supported by the Wellcome Trust. ‘Encountering R D Laing: Mental Health, Care and Creativity’ considered Laing’s legacy, transitions in mental health care and Laing as a ‘renaissance man’ who was influenced by and influenced the Arts.

Given the importance of Laing’s archive in understanding his life and work, Special Collections hosted a creative writing workshop, also supported by the Wellcome Trust and…

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