Penultimate Lecture in Royal Edinburgh Hospital Bicentenary Series

The penultimate lecture in a series commissioned to mark the Royal Edinburgh Hospital’s bicentenary takes place later today.

The lecture, ‘Psychiatry and Empire’ will see Professor Sashi Sashidharan, consultant psychiatrist, Mental Health Rights (Scotland), describe the history of colonial and post-colonial psychiatry and discuss how Edinburgh psychiatry has shaped this medical field  in other cultures.

The lecture will also look at Western psychiatric theory and practice outside Europe.

Professor Sashidharan, consultant psychiatrist, Mental Health Rights (Scotland) said:

“I am looking forward to mapping how psychiatric theories and practices have emerged and evolved over different timeframes and across cultures. By tracking these theories and practices, we can identify the strengths that exist in mental health care provision globally.”  

The series is supported by the Wellcome Trust and the Scottish Government and the lectures cover a wide variety of the rich and diverse history of the hospital from the early 19th century to the present day.

Tickets for this lecture are available on a first come first served basis by contacting 0131 537 6399.

Further information on the lecture series and leaflet, which can be downloaded, are available via the NHS Lothian website at:

To coincide with the lecture series, Lothian Health Services Archive (LHSA) has launched its Royal Edinburgh Hospital Archive Appeal.  The LHSA is looking for donations of photographs, letters, books or objects dating from the 18th century to now, to supplement and complement NHS Lothian’s existing, rich archive. The LHSA can be contacted at or on 0131 650 3392.