Understanding the brain: therapeutic care within a secure setting


  • Nottinghamshire Archives

Project summary

This project catalogued and preserved the historic records of Rampton Hospital, one of the country’s three high-security hospitals along with Broadmoor in Berkshire and Ashworth in Liverpool. Rampton’s surviving records were 555 boxes of material from 1907 to 2011 and include former patients’ files, and registers of admissions, deaths, discharges and escapes. This archive has enabled researchers to explore the history and understanding of treatment of people with mental illnesses within a secure setting. The project has also repackaged and reformatted obsolete electronic files and films to digital formats. Supervised access will be granted to researchers in negotiation with the staff of Nottinghamshire Archives and with the permission of Rampton Hospital NHS Trust.