Gendered Conditions: The Northumberland County Lunatic Asylum.

The Victorianist: BAVS Postgraduates

Lois is completing her MA in Romantic and Victorian Literary Studies at Durham University, and will start her funded PhD at Edinburgh Napier later this year under the supervision of Linda Dryden. Her primary research interests are fin-de-siècle fiction, gender and sexuality studies and neo-Victorianism. This work on the Northumberland County Lunatic Asylum was inspired by the ‘Interiors’ themed gender Spring School with Newcastle University. She tweets @LoisMBurke.

Artist: Lezley Saar, ‘Edna Pontellier’ in ‘Madness in the Gaze’ exhibition, (2012). Artist: Lezley Saar, ‘Edna Pontellier’ in ‘Madness in the Gaze’ exhibition, (2012).

Woodhorn Museum in Ashington, Northumberland is a hidden gem of Victorian heritage. Located just twenty minutes outside of Newcastle in the heart of the North-East industrial landscape, the pristinely maintained colliery buildings house an extensive archive.[1] Documents relating to the developments in medical humanities in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries make for captivating reading, particularly the casebooks of the Northumberland County Lunatic Asylum, now known as St. George’s Hospital…

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