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A Collection of videos and slide shows that directly relate to both the social history and treatments.

Inside Out – High Royds Hospital – Jan 2010

Exploring the tragic past of the former West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum.

For more than 100 years, High Royds Hospital treated mentally ill people from across Yorkshire.

But back in the 1960s and 70s some patients were subjected to controversial experimental treatments and even invasive surgery.

Derek Hutchinson was admitted to High Royds in 1973, and underwent 10 courses of ECT treatment during his first five weeks.

He talks about his experiences in this interview.


How We Built Britain – High Royds

 At the start of Victoria’s reign, the north of England seemed out of control. Enormous industrial cities lacked basic amenities whilst many of their inhabitants lived in slums. David Dimbleby travels to Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle and the Tower Ballroom, Blackpool, to tell the story of Britain’s greatest construction boom. Find out how factories, town halls, sewers, churches, hospitals and dance halls were built in a dramatic attempt to deal with the rapidly expanding urban population.

Stanley Royd Hospital, Wakefield

An incredible chance to see the first West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum in the 1960’s. This is previously unseen footage having been stored for decades on 16mm film reel.