Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Out of Mind

BBC Four has been showing Mental: A History of the Madhouse and it is still available on BBC iplayer.
The documentary tells the fascinating and poignant story of the closure of Britain's mental asylums. In the post-war period, 150,000 people were hidden away in 120 of these vast Victorian institutions all across the country. Today, most mental patients, or service users as they are now called, live out in the community and the asylums have all but disappeared. Through powerful testimonies from patients, nurses and doctors, the film explores this seismic revolution and what it tells us about society's changing attitudes to mental illness over the last sixty years.
Explore online what life was like in an asylum by visiting the educational History to Her Story, which features case notes from West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum.
(main text from BBC website, photo of Insane Asylum Brentwood from

No comments: