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    ‘Relieving gloomy and objectless lives’. The landscape of Caterham Imbecile Asylum

    Eastoe, Stef (2016) ‘Relieving gloomy and objectless lives’. The landscape of Caterham Imbecile Asylum. Landscape Research 41 (6), pp. 652-663. ISSN 0142-6397.

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    From the mid-eighteenth century the lunatic asylum landscape has been recognised as playing a key role in the health of patients. This article explores the landscape of a different type of nineteenth-century institution, Caterham Imbecile Asylum, one of the first state imbecile asylums. Built following the public health reforms of the 1860s, Caterham was a long-stay institution, and thus developed a particular institutional geography, due to the nature of its patients and its remit. This article will examine how the landscape of Caterham, its location, its grounds and its wider environment, were used as part of the asylum regime to provide a therapeutic landscape, and relieve the formerly gloomy, monotonous and objectless lives of its patients.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Nineteenth century asylum, therapeutic landscape, institutional landscape, asylum design, environment
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2017 10:58
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:30


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