CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS
FAMILY LIFE AND THE VICTORIAN CRIMINAL ASYLUM
Asylum patients' letters offer a rare insight into working-class family life in the late nineteenth century. I'm currently examining hundreds of patients' letters in an effort to uncover familial relationships: spousal, sibling and parent-child. The impact of having a loved one committed into an asylum on family life is also being examined. The results of this study are currently being written up, and will be ready for submission to a journal in late 2017.
TREATING THE CRIMINAL IN VICTORIAN BRITAIN
Between 1864 and 1900, fifty-one per cent of men committed into Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum were insane convicts, transferred to the asylum from prison. Some were sole offenders, and others were habitual criminals (recidivists). This project involves examination of medical and legal works, the works of Broadmoor’s Superintendents and prison medical officers, and patients’ case files, to compare the treatment, representations and experiences of these two classes of criminal inside and outside the asylum. The results of this project will be presented at the Social History Conference (2017).
WRONGFUL CONFINEMENT IN VICTORIAN BRITAIN
This project explores wrongful confinement in Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum in the late nineteenth century. It draws and expands upon research undertaken between 2009 and 2013. The results of some of this research can be read on my blog, Voices From Broadmoor (a link to this is at the top of the page).