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Objects from the Department of Psychiatric Services

1870s–1940s

Objects collected from several Victorian psychiatric institutions tell a sad story of neglect and the lack of political will. Much of the museum’s collection was assembled during the 1950s by Dr Charles Brothers who sought to bring about reforms.Explore this Object 
Strict routines were put in place in the asylums, with the aim of ‘imposing order on chaotic minds’.
Straightjacket (pre-1940)



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