West Riding Asylums
The West Riding was at the forefront of the Asylum movement of the 19th century. Based on original sources, including case histories, this course explores the experiences of the patients and those who cared for them.
Additional information about this course
This course explores the experiences of the patients and carers of the West Riding Asylum movement of the 19th century. Booking only via Christine Tidswell Bradford Branch, 01274 416891.
The West Riding was at the forefront of the Asylum movement of the 19th century. This course explores the experiences of the patients by using records from the archives.
Who is the course for?
What topics will this course cover
Session 1. Beyond Bedlam – the history of mental illness based on original sources from the medieval period to the 18th century. Session 2. The New Asylum. Exploration of the founding, inmates and practices in The West Riding Asylum at Stanley Royd. The role of the workhouse and poverty in admissions and referrals. Session 3. The Asylum Expansion. The new asylums built at Menston and Storthes Hall. The role of the prisons and criminal cases admissions. Session 4. The legacy of the Asylums. Exploring popular myths and preconceptions. Assessment of fact and fiction. All session will include a group session looking at original case histories and other primary sources.
What will it be like?
WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.
By the end of the course I should be able to:
Have a better understanding of the history of mental health treatment in the 19th century Gain an insight into the lives and experiences of inmates of Asylums Have an awareness of the connections between other institutions and the Asylums
How will I know I'm making progress?
The group sessions will encourage discussions and the tutor will take part to assess how students are progressing. Time will be allowed within the day for students to have one to one feedback
What else do I need to know, do or bring?
No materials required, pens may be useful
Reading and information sources
What could the course lead to?
Other WEA courses and possibly community projects relating to mental health support work