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Michael Portillo visits Trust in BBC railway series

29 Jan 2013

The Trust’s St Bernard’s site features in the latest episode of BBC2’s Great British Railway Journeys, presented by Michael Portillo.

In the episode, Portillo learns about the history of the Victorian asylum, which once occupied the Trust’s headquarters site in Hanwell, and the pioneering Doctor John Conolly who introduced the principle of non-restraint in the treatment of people with mental illness.

Portillo also visits the world-famous Corsellis brain collection, the largest of its kind in the world, which the Trust manages and curates.

Great British Railway Journeys follows Michael Portillo as he takes to the tracks with his copy of Bradshaw’s Victorian railway guidebook, travelling the length and breadth of the British Isles to see what of Bradshaw’s World remains.

You can watch the episode on BBC iPlayer until 15 February 2012.

Watch the BBC Health Check report about the Corsellis Collection.