You may be aware that the ‘Medicine – Mental health’ collection is now freely available online which is incredibly exciting.
(hand-coloured print of the Calcutta Asylum 1851 is from www.europeana.eu)
The 20,000 pages (46 volumes) cover the period of 1867 – 1948 and describe the patients, staff and conditions of asylums throughout colonial India. This free to access material provides extensive research on responses to mental illness when the asylum’s role was changing. The reports particularly show how ‘moral management’ was used by British colonists to treat native and European patients. This material will be particularly valuable to genealogists and those interested in the history of psychiatry, Indian and colonial history.
Keep an eye on the National Library of Scotland’s Events page for details of a talk I will be giving to introduce this amazing collection in October.