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PAPERS ON THE HISTORY OF THE RETREAT

This section includes both transcripts made of the Retreat archives, and notes on the history of The Retreat. They were all compiled at the RetreatThe transcripts were probably made mid 20th centuryMost of the papers and notes (unless specified ot...

VISITORS REPORT BOOKS

Provision was made by the Managers for the visitation of the Retreat. The Committee and Directors sent representatives to inspect the establishment, and female visitors were also appointed. The visitors entered a dated record of their visits into ...

FILES, CORRESPONDENCE AND PAPERS

This section includes general correspondence (mostly about patients) and correspondence on particular topics. There is other correspondence elsewhere in The Retreat archive. Papers on Land and Buildings, RET 2/2, include correspondence. The sectio...

PUBLICATIONS AND PUBLICITY BY THE RETREAT

This is not a comprehensive collection of the many publications about the Retreat during its long history. The publications listed here were all produced for a particular publicity purpose: some were officially issued by the Retreat to publicise i...

RETREAT MAGAZINES

Issues of Harbour Lights, 1923-1941; Old Tuke's Almanak, 1952-1954; and Phoenix, 1956 -1959.

PENSIONS

At public asylums, pensions were available for officers and servants under legislation passed as early as 1853. However, private institutions like the Retreat were not covered by this and subsequent statutory provision. The Lunacy Commissioners re...

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