If you are looking for an educational way to spend an afternoon in London, head to the Science Museum, which is currently hosting a fantastic new exhibition on how mental health conditions have been diagnosed and treated for the past 250 years.
'Mind Maps: Stories from Psychology' looks at four particular points between 1780 and 2014, when special breakthroughs were made in how researchers perceived psychology and how the mind was understood. These include the establishment of Electroconvulsive Therapy and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, all the way through to the innovative research techniques that are adopted today. In general, related sciences and human stories will be drawn together to fully illustrate the fascinating history of what many may still regard as a pseudoscience.
For those who are not that interested in their sciences, there will be a wide array of artworks, artefacts, archive images and historical objects that also chronicles how far we have come as a society over the past three centuries.
The exhibition, which is supported by the British Psychological Society, is running until October 26th, meaning you still have a lot of time to catch it. However, do note, that the summer period is usually a peak time to book accommodation in London, so be sure to secure a room as soon as possible.
Furthermore, the great thing about the exhibit is that it is completely free. If you are on a shoestring budget this summer, there are a series of other things you can do in the city that won't cost you a penny, such as marvelling at the bridges of the Thames, seeing the Houses of Parliament and exploring the British Museum and National Portrait Gallery. So what are you waiting for? You won't need to break the bank to discover this fantastic city.