in Broadmoor hospital revealed
by Staff Reporter
at Britain's most well-known psychiatric unit has been revealed.
from the Victorian era at Broadmoor Hospital are for the first time
available to researchers
archives tell the stories of some of the Berkshire hospital's most
well-known Victorian patients and portray past life in England's
first "Criminal Lunatic Asylum" which
opened on May 27, 1863.
patient records from the Victorian era are accessible.
stories include that of Henry Dodwell, a Brighton chaplain who in
1875 attacked a judge, but protested his innocence. He had support
from the public and his case was taken up by newspapers and MPs.
later tried to kill a doctor at Broadmoor and stayed in the hospital
until he died in 1911.
in Crowthorne, still operates as a secure psychiatric unit.
Peter Durrant, county archivist of Berkshire, said: "Broadmoor
is one of those collections where every page tells a story. There
are many sad tales of lives destroyed by mental illness, of families
broken up and never mended, of fear and paranoia.
is not history for the fainthearted. Yet at Broadmoor's heart is
a community of patients and staff, and it is the history of this
community that is now available to all."
archives are at Berkshire Record Office in Reading.
* 'The Secret
World of Victorian Broadmoor' exhibition is open to the public at
the Museum of Reading, until February 8, 2009.
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