Garlands 1906

Garlands 1906

Monday, 10 July 2017

Call for Participation

Hello, many of you know that I am working on my PhD which is looking at the patients of the Garlands Lunatic Asylum (pre-1914). Many of you have contacted me with stories and I have also assisted several people with finding their relatives in the Garlands records. 

Cumbria County Council, in collaboration with myself and a few others, are working on a project surrounding mental health, of which the records of the Garlands will play an important part. It is hoped an exhibition/series of talks will come out of the project later in the year. I am writing to ask for your stories/photographs/memories of the asylum. We are looking for people happy to share their stories and are happy for them to be (possibly) published in an exhibition. Stories/pictures/newspaper articles can be about patients or staff, we are keen to include both facets of the institution. 

I am very excited to be working as part of the project, which it is hoped will draw parallels with the past in terms of how mental health was treated, and pinpoint some of the key advances in the field over the last 150 years. The project will aim to be a community oriented one, and will highlight the importance of such a key institution in Cumbria that affected so many people's lives over the years. I have always found all your stories of Garlands fascinating, so it is very important for me to get these to the forefront of the project. 

Email me at caradobbing@gmail.com with any items of interest you may have. I am sorry if I cannot get round to replying to every email, but all emails will be passed on to the project manager for consideration for inclusion. Thank you all in advance for your help.