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The Fairmile Hospital Online Talk

By Mark Stevens - for those who enjoy history

One hundred and seventy five years ago, public mental health care was invented. Acts of Parliament from 1845 resulted in ‘lunatic asylums’ being built in every county in England and Wales. Berkshire’s own asylum opened in 1870. It would become known as Fair Mile Hospital. Situated near the River Thames, and close to Cholsey, this institution dispensed care to generations of local people. Discover its history and experience 19th century mental healthcare, in this fascinating talk by Berkshire County Archivist, Mark Stevens.

2 - 3.15pm

Pre-booking is required because places are limited. Full joining instructions will be emailed to attendees in advance. Bookings close one day before the event.

This is the final talk of three in the Autumn Potpourri series. Book all three talks in one multi-ticket for the discounted price of two.

To join this talk, you will need a computer device with speakers. Ideally, also a webcam and microphone. You also need to be able to access the internet from it. First-time users of Zoom, will be asked to download a small piece of software, which will be sent in advance. 

Image: , By Bill Nicholls, CC BY-SA 2.0, 

About Berkshire Family History Society

This talk is organised by Berkshire Family History Society, a registered charity number 283010.