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Archives for London is the independent voice for archives in the Capital.
We are a membership organisation for people who use and work with historic documents, films and photographs in or about London.
AfL brings together people who are passionate about archives of the UK's capital city to sharing news and ideas and different perspectives on how archives can benefit and contribute to all our lives.
Through our exclusive programme of seminars, behind the scenes visits, our newsletter and annual conference we help unlock the potential within London's archives.

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Inside London’s County Asylums

  • 2 October 2014 From 6pm

During the nineteenth century, and well into the twentieth, people were committed to mental establishments at an alarming rate. Insanity, it was believed, was particularly prevalent in London where a network of vast county asylums for ‘pauper lunatics’ was created between 1890 and 1907.

In this talk, Dr Louise Hide will explore the practices and processes, routines and rhythms of two London county asylums at the turn of the twentieth century. Drawing on numerous records held at the London Metropolitan Archives, as well as intriguing photographs from the period, Louise Hide will open a chink through which to glimpse the lives of patients, doctors and nursing staff inside two of the capital's asylums during the turn of the twentieth century.

Advance booking is essential. Please guarantee your place by contacting e: t: 020 7332 3879


This seminar is free to all AfL members, non-members £5 (payable on the door).