Afterlives of the Psychiatric Asylum

The Psychiatric Asylum was once the main form of mental health care in the UK, housing tens of thousands...

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Celebrating 1 Year of History Indoors!

This week marks the celebration of the 1st Birthday of History Indoors. It seems only yesterday that Michael kicked...

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Quakers and Moral Treatment

William Tuke (1732 – 1822) was one of the pioneers of mental health treatment in the UK in the...

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Should local artefacts be preserved in local museums?

Ah, the museum. To some, an afternoon in one is worse than watching paint dry. For many a history...

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From Castle on the Hill, to Asylum in the ‘hood

Originally, Psychiatric Asylums were built in quiet, rural locations, set within acres of grounds. This was so as to...

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Captain Ann Carter – Hanged for Leading the Maldon Grain Riots of 1629

*CONTENT WARNING – This blog contains some strong language *** Come, come you brave boys of Maldon, You Will...

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Is the colon overused in historical titles?

No, I don’t mean the organ in our bodies. I mean the : in historical writings. What I’m about...

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The Limping Lady and the Woman Who Couldn’t Lie

It was a bleak November in 1942, when a tall woman with striking features and a slight limp was...

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Madness, Maladies and Misogyny: Women and Mental Health in the 1800s

Over the course of psychiatric history, a great many people have been confined for a wide variety of reasons,...

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Vikings: Final Season Review

Contains spoilers – although everyone dies in historical fiction at some point, right? “Perhaps the golden age of the...

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