Unlocking the Asylum – Catalogue Launch

As a result of our Wellcome funded Unlocking the Asylum project we are pleased to announce the launch of a temporary catalogue for the first part of the North Wales Hospital collection. This temporary catalogue replaces the former paper list. The catalogue, which includes over 500 items, features improved item descriptions, and a new structure which will make it easier for users to find records relevant to their research. The temporary catalogue can be found here (please click on Browse by Hierarchy to open the drop down catalogue).

The North Wales Hospital online catalogue.

The collection includes management records such as minutes and annual reports, building records including some relating to the initial foundation of the hospital, financial records including accounts, patient records including admission, discharge, and case books, staff records including wage books, and other material including photographs and newspaper cuttings.

Please note that due to NHS regulations records of patients and staff which contain sensitive personal information are closed for between 75 to 100 years.

Work is now underway to catalogue and repackage the remainder of the collection, and the final version of the catalogue which will include the later accessions of records will be available by the end of the project in 2019. In addition to this our Project Support Officer is hard at work to index and repackage the later series of patient files, of which an impressive 2,100 have already been completed.

We will continue to post regular updates of the progress of the project and details of events on our blog and Facebook pages.

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