The Peerless Pool

St Luke's Asylum

Another great walk with Old Map Man Ken Titmuss. Ken’s walks are an exploration of what is, what was and what remains, a form of divining, or urban archaeology. This one was centred on St Luke’s parish, in what is now the London borough of Islington. The asylum below was […]

Captured on Camera

Emma Riches, patient at Bethlem Hospital

The Bethlem Royal Hospital Archive contains a unique collection of original prints of photographs of patients, taken by photographer Henry Hering. These are some of the earliest photographs ever taken of asylum patients, says archivist Colin Gale, and in some cases can be matched with the patient’s case notes. This […]