Light and darkness in an Edwardian institution for the insane poor - illuminating the material practices of the Asylum Age

Gillian Allmond

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    Abstract

    Natural light and its provision within asylum and other buildings is a neglected aspect of the historical archaeology of institutions. An Edwardian asylum in the north of Ireland is analysed for the management of natural light through the siting of buildings, window design and placement of interior glazing. A close reading of selected contemporary literature relating to natural light is employed to assess the significance of light provision within institutions of this period and contemporary discourses are in turn illuminated by the material practices recorded in the case study.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-22
    JournalInternational Journal of Historical Archaeology
    Volume20
    Issue number1
    Early online date06 Nov 2015
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016

    Keywords

    • Light, Asylums, Madness, Insitutions, Buildings

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