Button making equipment for occupational therapy

A Ornstin Limited

Red cardboard box containing 'The Victory Button Moulds'. Labelled 'The Victory Button Moulds, Gross: 1, Size 22, Shape: H.B., Colour: Die, British Made'. Part of button making equipment used for occupational therapy at the Brighton County Borough Asylum/St. Francis Psychiatric Hospital, 1900-1960.

During the 1800s, many institutions for patients with mental illnesses used manual labour such as gardening or laundry work as a form of therapy. In the 20th century, institutions began using more expressive therapies such as arts and crafts as rehabilitation. This box contains equipment for button-making and covering. It was used for occupational therapy activities at the Brighton County Borough Asylum from 1900-1960. This later became St. Francis Psychiatric Hospital.


Psychology, Psychiatry & Anthropometry
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cardboard, metal, paper and textile
occupational therapy equipment
Princess Royal Hospital

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