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Interior View of Specimen Day Room (male side) Digital image of E/4771

SC 749521

Description Interior View of Specimen Day Room (male side) Digital image of E/4771

Date c. 1902

Catalogue Number SC 749521

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of E 4771

Scope and Content Specimen male day room, Craig Dunain Hospital (Northern Counties District Lunatic Asylum), Leachkin Road, Inverness, Highland Craig Dunain Hospital, originally known as Inverness District Asylum, was opened in 1864 on a magnificent site overlooking Inverness. It was designed by James Matthews, an Aberdeen architect, and cost £45,000 to build. This vast, red sandstone, Victorian institution was finally closed in 2000. This shows one of the day rooms where male patients could relax. In keeping with 19th-century theories on asylum design, every effort was made to make these institutions as cheerful and comfortable as possible, though there were regular complaints that the rooms at Craig Dunain were not warm enough. Craig Dunain was a vast institution some 183m in length. The sexes were rigidly segregated with men in the west wing and women in the east. One patient stated that a trip to visit a fellow patient involved walking a mile without ever leaving the building. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.


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