Staffing the Asylum


Staffing the Asylum

Photograph of senior staff at the Berkshire Lunatic Asylum

Date: c1926 | Reference: Original photograph in private collection

This photograph is believed to show a senior staff group from either 1926 or 1927.

The Superintendent at the time was Dr Walter Read, who is probably the gentleman in the middle right of the front row. Chaplain Philip Raynor is on his left, and to his right is probably Dr Sidney Holder, the principal assistant medical officer, with Dr John Rohan beside him.

Housekeeper and Matron Mary Ratcliffe is on the far left of the front row, and the lady to the far right is Grace Kirk, who was deputy head nurse. The gentlemen in the back row are probably the senior male attendants, clerks and stewards.