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Mental asylum records

The Archives and Heritage Service has been working on two related projects since 2019 researching the historic records of Staffordshire's three county mental asylums at:

  • Stafford (later St George's Hospital)
     
  • Burntwood (later St Michael's Hospital)
     
  • Cheddleton (later St Edward's Hospital)

A Case for the Ordinary - Brampton Museum 

This project, funded by leading medical charity, the Wellcome Trust, explores the patient experience of mental health care in Staffordshire, 1818-1960. The research is available through the project blog.

A major exhibition 'A Case for the Ordinary: Staffordshire's asylums and the patient experience' reveals the story of the county's three asylums, their staff and patients.

The exhibition opens at Brampton Museum, Brampton Park, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 0QP from Saturday 21 May until Sunday 3 July. For opening times and visitor information please visit the museum's website 

Visit the 'taster' exhibition
Perton Library Tuesday 10 May - Thursday 9 June 2022
Cannock Library Saturday 11 - Monday 4 July 2022
Further venues to be confirmed.

Occupational stress and the victorian asylum

This is a three-year PhD studentship fully-funded by the Economic and Social Sciences Research Council. It will explore occupational stress as a ‘cause’ of asylum admission in the period 1818-1918. This is a collaboration between Keele University and Staffordshire Archives and Heritage Service.

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