Ancestors in the 19th Century Private Lunatic Asylum


In researching private lunatic asylums of the 19th century, Sarah Wise uncovered a number of documents/series of documents that reveal the admissions, releases, escapes, suicides and contested certifications of patients. In this talk, she explores how the various archival holdings of these mainly middle- and upper-class patients may be of use to those researching their family history, or for anyone seeking a true picture of life in a private asylum