Mental health collection hits web
More than 11,000 mental hospital records have been published online for the first time.
Digitised from documents held at Surrey History Centre, the new ancestry.co.uk collection features details of men, women and children admitted to Brookwood Hospital in Woking, and Holloway Sanatorium in Egham between 1867 and 1900.
Searchable by details such as name and year of birth, the records can reveal a patient’s marital status, residence, occupation and religion, as well as the reason for their admission.
“This collection shines a light on a period in history where people – including children as young as four – were admitted to institutions, often with an incorrect diagnosis and without access to the correct level of care,” said Ancestry’s senior UK content manager Miriam Silverman.
“Though shocking from a modern perspective, the records track changing perceptions of mental health issues and will be particularly interesting for anybody looking to find out more about a relative detained in an institution in Surrey at this time.”