Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Mental health archive records to be digitised

The Wellcome Library has announced a UK wide project to digitise 800,000 pages of archival material from psychiatric hospitals from the 18th to the 20th centuries. From the news release:

The Wellcome Library will partner with the Borthwick Institute for Archives, London Metropolitan Archives, Dumfries and Galloway Council Archives, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Archives, and the Royal College of Psychiatrists for the project, which will bring together documents from the York Retreat, St Luke’s Hospital Woodside, Crichton Royal Hospital, Gartnavel Royal Hospital and Camberwell House Asylum. These collections will be added to the Wellcome Library’s own collection of archives from public and private mental health institutions, including the records of Ticehurst House Hospital in Sussex, which provide a rare insight into the running of a privately run asylum.

For the full story visit http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/News/Media-office/Press-releases/2014/WTP057722.htm

(With thanks to @SueWilkesauthor)


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