In a Dark Wood: Words and Images of Mental Distress Across a Century

In a Dark Wood: Words and Images of Mental Distress Across a Century

This exhibition draws on archive photography to chart changing attitudes towards mental distress. The anonymised pictures, from the records of the Middlewood Hospital, were archived in the early 20th century. They’re presented alongside audio recordings by people living with mental health problems today.


Archive Sheffield is a group of photographers specialising in documentary work. While building their own archive of contemporary photographs taken in and around Sheffield, they like to make sure other archives are seen, not just filed away.

As Professor of Social Engagement and director of the Storying Sheffield project, Brendan Stone helps people who are rarely heard to tell their stories.