A Space of Their Own: The Archaeology of Nineteenth Century by Susan Piddock

By Susan Piddock

The heritage of lunatic asylums – what will we particularly learn about them? motion pictures and tv courses have portrayed them as areas of horror the place the sufferers are restricted and left to hear the cries in their fellow inmates in depression. yet what used to be the area of 19th century lunatic asylums particularly like? Are those photographs actual? This e-book will discover this global utilizing the innovations of old archaeology and heritage.

In the past due eighteenth and early 19th centuries the appearance of recent remedies for madness in line with ethical treatment and non-restraint, and an expanding social knowledge of the stipulations during which the insane have been being saved resulted in a brand new specialise in the provisions made for the insane in “madhouses”, lunatic asylums and hospitals. based on this new concentration these drawn to the reform of those locations and the hot remedy regimes started to describe what lunatic asylums will be in the event that they have been going to convey the insane again to sanity. during this ebook a brand new technique is built utilizing those descriptions because the foundation of a sequence of ‘ideal’ asylum types. A comparability of those ‘ideal’ asylums to the lunatic asylums in-built England, South Australia and Tasmania permits us to go into the realm of the 19th century asylum, and to appreciate the consequences of accomplishing or failing to accomplish the ‘ideal’ asylum on lifestyles inside those places.

Through the case reviews of britain, South Australia, and Tasmania, this e-book seeks to spot the forces at paintings inside of every one society that ended in the actual provisions being made for the insane in every one position. it will likely be argued that the adoption of the ‘ideal’ asylum gains should be at once on the topic of a few key components, those have been: entry to a pool of information approximately lunatic asylum layout; financial constraints; the remedy mode followed; and social perceptions of who was once to be accommodated within the asylum - paupers, the center type, the better category, or convicts.

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Cleland 2001: 7). These questions can be asked or posed from documents and tested with artefacts. Thus the questions begin at the event level and build the archaeological data sets, progress to the second level which looks at the behaviour that created these data sets, and ultimately ascends to the third level which uses site studies to consider the larger questions, such as changing patterns of consumer behaviour, class relationships, and so forth over longer periods of time than represented by a single site.

3) What factors affected which rooms and spaces were provided and how they were used? 4) What sources of information were available to those charged with designing and constructing a lunatic asylum? A review of modern studies and nineteenth century literature on insanity and lunatic asylums revealed that the asylum was a central part of the new treatment regimes of moral therapy and non-restraint that appeared in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Books and articles were to appear throughout the nineteenth century that described all facets of lunatic asylum design and management often accompanied by chapters on the treatment of the insane (these will be discussed in more detail in chapters four and five).

In light of the different origin of South Australia compared to the other Australian colonies, it was decided to consider both the provisions made for free people and for convicts. The most ready contrast was provided by Van Diemen’s Land (to be renamed Tasmania in 1856), which received a large number of convicts for over twenty years. 2 In considering the provisions made for the insane in these two colonies it is possible to address the question of whether perceptions of the social class of the inmates being accommodated in the lunatic asylums affected the type of provisions made for them.

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