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Inside the Asylum

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Library Insights talk in the Viewing Room, Thomas SG Farnetti. Source: Wellcome Collection. Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0).

What you’ll do

Join Dr Louise Hide as we lift the covers of patient casebooks and doctors’ reports to catch sight of daily life inside the wards and corridors of a late-19th-century lunatic asylum. There will be a chance to ask questions at the end of the talk.



Need to know


We’ll be in the Viewing Room. It’s next to the Library entrance on level 2, which you can reach by taking the lift or the stairs.

Place not guaranteed

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About your speaker

Photographic black and white, head and shoulders portrait of Dr Louise Hide.

Louise Hide

Dr Louise Hide is a social and cultural historian of psychiatry. She is the Wellcome Trust Research Fellow in Medical Humanities and Social Sciences at Birkbeck, University of London.