A photograph of an unknown man, found concealed inside a Victorian brass brooch. The brooch was discovered inside a chesterfield sofa above the Doctors’ Quarters.

Although we can glean some information about patients’ lives and treatment from official records, the detail contained in them is often scant and rarely embraces what might today be termed ‘the patient experience.’

Patient records which are less than 100 years old cannot be accessed without appropriate family permission. Previous occupations and personal possessions tell us something of patients’ lives and history, but sadly some will remain anonymous, even in death.

Please click on the thumbnails to find out more about patients’ lives.