The Patients of Prestwich Mental Hospital in a Documentary Photo Series from 1972

“The Lunatic Asylums like Prestwich grew up in the same period as the industries,” writes Manchester academic Janet Batsleer, “and, like the industries, they closed.” Batsleer first visited Prestwich, where her mother was a patient, in 1972, the year Martin Parr began his first visual essay series at the hospital as a young photography studentContinue reading “The Patients of Prestwich Mental Hospital in a Documentary Photo Series from 1972”

Children’s Homes by Peter Higginbotham

Children’s Homes surveys the wide range of institutions that, over the centuries, were used as a substitute for children’s ‘natural’ homes. This includes not only orphanages but a wide range of other establishments run by particular bodies (charities, religious groups, workhouse authorities, occupational groups, local councils, single individuals etc.) or which served particular purposes (penalContinue reading “Children’s Homes by Peter Higginbotham”