The history of mental ill-health is poorly understood and many of those who were labelled as ‘idiots’, ‘imbeciles’ or ‘lunatics’ in the past would have a very different diagnosis today.
This presentation looks at the history of reactions to and the treatment of those who we would now recognise as being mentally ill, or as having a learning disability. It also investigates the institutions where sufferers might be held and the sources we can use to find out more about these, often forgotten, members of our family.
There will be a Question and Answer session
Date and Time: 28 November 14:00 (UK)
Speaker: Dr Janet Few
Dr Janet Few is a family, social and community historian who has lectured widely across the English-speaking world. She is also an author of both historical fiction and non-fiction.
What you need to know:
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