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The asylum industry of the 18th through 20th century is a subject I’m fascinated by. It shows the best and worst of humanity, our drive to help one another inextricably intertwined with our disgust with one another. When I came across these photos of asylum equipment from the mid 1800s to the mid

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The 17th century saw the Age of Reason and the Scientific Method developed in Europe, and along with it the rise of the asylum in the treatment of mental illness. Asylums were seen as a place to keep the mentally ill out of the way of the rest of society –

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In the Victorian era, asylums popped up all over the UK, places where troubled people – some mentally ill, some not – were “dumped” by their families and communities to be hidden away from society. The asylums were packed with patients by the hundreds and thousands, and patients were often

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West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum in Wakefield opened its doors in 1818 as a place to house “paupers” with mental illness in the UK. The asylum was exemplary for the time, built to house 1000 inmates and cure them of their manias. The following series of photos were taken circa

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Dr. Hugh Welch Diamond was one of the first British photographers, beginning to work with the medium three months after its invention. As the Superintendent of the Female Department at the Surrey County Asylum, he took a series of portraits of his patients that he is now famous for. The

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Morne have always been an impressive band; 2011’s lush but dark and heavy voyage into post metal/crust misanthropy Asylum will attest to that and going back further, releases like their split with Warprayer show that they had vigour from the beginning. However, Shadows is the album they’ve been threatening to

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