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Wellcome Library Digital Collections: Mental healthcare

Readers interested in the history of mental health care may want to check out this large collection of archival material that has been digitized and made publicly available by the Wellcome Library in London. These archives, which total more than 800,000 pages of material, date from the 18th to 20th centuries and consist of documents "relating to psychiatric institutions, mental health organisations and individuals in the UK." Here, visitors can find a variety of materials, such as photographs, patient records, data on hospital staff, and administrative documents. As of this write-up, fifteen separate collections make up these archives, including papers from Ticehurst House Hospital in southern England, Gartnavel Royal Hospital in Scotland (originally named the Glasgow Lunatic Asylum), and the Retreat in northern England, as well as personal archives from figures such as psychiatrist William Walters Sargant and psychiatric social worker Robina Addis. In addition to the archival material, readers will also find links to Wellcome's relevant blog posts featuring stories and articles drawn from the archives.
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May 24th, 2019
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May 21st, 2019 at 9:29am
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May 21st, 2019 at 10:41am
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