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Inside Victorian Broadmoor

Stories from England's first Criminal Lunatic Asylum

The Berkshire Record Office looks after the historic archives of Broadmoor Hospital.  Thanks to generous grants from The Wellcome Trust these archives are now available for research, subject to access restrictions.  The archives tell the history of this unique institution.

There are many individual patient histories within the archive, and the pages below tell some of these.

Edward Oxford

Richard Dadd

Christiana Edmunds

William Chester Minor

Henry Dodwell

An updated edition of the book Broadmoor Revealed was published for the hospital's 150th anniversary in 2013; a related book, Life in the Victorian Asylum, is available now.

Image of Dr William Orange

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Related Links

Broadmoor Revealed: the TalkListen to Mark Stevens speak about the Victorian Asylum at The National Archives


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