The Edgelands: Asylums – A Letter to My Uncle

From Shenley to Bethnal Green via Hill End – with Nellie Bly and David Chapman for company

Welcome to my second Edgelands installment, this time about Hertfordshire and London asylums, the history of Nellie Bly’s exposé of asylums in 1886 then David Chapman’s less than a century later, the power dynamics at play within the NHS mental health system today, the mapping and navigation of bodies down pathways to the buildings and environments that places of care and brutality exist within, and the echoes of my uncle, committed in the early seventies, who I know very little about.

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