The History of Friern Barnet Hospital (formerly Colney Hatch Lunatic Asylum) - A Lecture on 12 Apri

When it opened in 1851, the Second Middlesex County Pauper Lunatic Asylum at Colney Hatch was the largest in Europe. It was founded on the principle of no restraint. Patients were encouraged to work in its workshops, in the bakery and brewery and on the farm which made it almost self-sufficient. It ended life as Friern Hospital and, with the controversial policy of ‘Care in the Community’, was closed in 1993. It has been converted into luxury apartments.

A one-hour lecture on Thursday, 12 April (2pm) with David Berguer. Cost £8.00/£6.40 SoG members. Places should be pre-booked, through our website or by telephone: 020 7553 3290 (Tue-Thu & Sat) . Do you have a question? email the events department.

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