St Brendan's Mental Hospital Grangegorman:preservation and access project, year 2


  • National Archives of Ireland

Project summary

This was the second half of a two-year project on the archives of St Brendan’s Mental Hospital, Dublin. The first year’s work was initial archival preservation and conservation of over 37,000 forms. The second year was the detailed work necessary to make the archive accessible for research. These volumes are the largest and most comprehensive mental hospital records to survive in Ireland, making them an unrivalled source for research into the history of the treatment of mental illness in the country. Examples of records include the papers of Conolly Norman, Ireland’s most renowned psychiatrist, and sources relating to the treatment of World War I servicemen with war neurosis.