History of women in 100 objects: Powick Asylum records
Powick Asylum records reveal Ellen Bullock, a Worcestershire farmer’s wife, was admitted to the mental asylum in 1877, but her mental problems were a response to her tempestuous marriage and once her relationship with her husband came to an end so did her symptoms. In the nineteenth century, definitions of madness and treatment were strongly gendered, shaped by assumption of ‘normal’ female behaviour and the idea that women were psychologically the weaker sex.
Professor Maggie Andrews is a historian and author of 'A history of women in 100 objects'
Keywords: Worcester, Powick Asylum, Mental Health, Women
Professor Maggie Andrews
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