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Sarah Rutherford asylum research material

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About this work


The following is an interim description which may change when detailed cataloguing takes place in future:

This collection looks at the closure of psychiatric hospitals from the perspective of garden history and architectural history, examining the connection between the environment and health, and looking at the subject from a different angle than that usually found in Wellcome's collections.

The collection consists of material generated through research into The landscapes of public lunatic asylums in England, 1808-1914, including maps, plans, annual reports, articles, sales particulars, notes, correspondence, and photographs.



Physical description

8 Transfer boxes, 1 rolled item, 1 hard drive

Acquisition note

Acquired by the Wellcome Library from Dr Sarah Rutherford in December 2016.

Biographical note

Sarah Rutherford is a former Head of the English Heritage Historic Parks and Gardens Register. Whilst in this role she undertook a part time PhD, researching The landscapes of public lunatic asylums in England, 1808-1914. This work was informed by her professional experience with English Heritage and the National Trust, as well as qualifications in horticulture and Conservation Studies.

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