Hospital ward letter box, England, 1870-1910

Made:
1870-1910 in England
Ward letter box for the posting of patients letters.  Front 3/4 view of whole object on graduated grey background

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Ward letter box for the posting of patients letters. Front 3/4 view of whole object on graduated grey background
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Hospital ward letter box for the posting of patients' letters, Suffolk, England, 1870-1910.

Letter boxes in asylum wards allowed patients to communicate with the outside world. The number of people confined to asylums grew rapidly after the 1890 Lunacy Act. This gave local officials the power to order internment. Some patients spent their lives in such institutions. The institutions were often self-sufficient, with little contact with the outside. This example was collected from the Asylum Museum at St Audry's Hospital in Suffolk, England, when the hospital and the museum closed in the late 1980s.

Details

Category:
Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
Object Number:
1990-183/2
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), glass, paper (fibre product) and wood (unidentified)
Measurements:
overall: 325 mm x 275 mm x 210 mm, 2.781kg
type:
post box
taxonomy:
  • component - object
  • street furniture
credit:
East Suffolk Health Authority