Abbey House Museum

Talk: Mad? Bad? Dangerous to Know? Asylum Patients in the 19th Century

Date/Time

16 October 2019

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

Venue Abbey House Museum

Tags Adult, Event, Talk,

Were Victorian Asylums the Gothic horrors of the popular imagination? And what kind of people were sent to them and why?

This talk will allow you to find out more about the histories of lunatic asylums, the people within in them and consider why so many institutions were built in the nineteenth century.

Focusing on provision in the West Riding of Yorkshire, we will explore their development over the longer term but also get ‘hands on’ with some asylum case files to try and understand key issues more fully.

The session is suitable for anyone interested in the history of asylums but will include an overview of accessing records which may be of interest to family historians.

With Dr Rob Ellis (University of Huddersfield).

Call to book 0113 3784079 or abbey.house@leeds.gov.uk. Pre booking essential.

£5.50 per person. Includes admission to rest of museum.

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