Stories from the Archives: Life at the Cassel Hospital

As the Cassel Hospital celebrates its centenary we will explore what life was like as a patient and member of staff in the early half of the twentieth century using original archival material to bring the stories of real people to life. The Cassel is a pioneering hospital known for its therapeutic approach to supporting people with personality disorders.

Afterwards there will be a chance to reflect on the material in a reflective space facilitated by Marya Hemmings.

Learning objectives:

To advance our understanding of current therapeutic community practice by reflecting on archival material

To compare and explore the experiences of people in a hospital therapeutic community past and present

The chance to reflect on your personal connection to the development and history of therapeutic communities


13:00 Welcome and introductions

13.05 A talk by Debra Doggett, Senior Archivist,

13:30 Reflective space – Marya Hemmings – a chance to reflect on the talk and share our thoughts and experiences of this collection and / or work.

14:00 End


1:00 pm

Online via Zoom

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