Safety In Numbers – Prestwich Asylum

The Greater Manchester County Record Office at Manchester Central Library holds the records of Prestwich Hospital (ref: GB124.A.PRES). An index to male and female admissions to the Prestwich asylum from its opening in January 1851 up to the end of March 1901 is available on Findmypast.

We are delighted to present an innovative Key Stage 3 teaching resource, with a local history focus and relevance for History, Citizenship and PSHE.  The resource uses original source material from the Prestwich Asylum archives to enable pupils to trace the history and development of mental healthcare and examine changing attitudes towards the mentally ill.  This resource has been created in partnership with Bury Church of England High School and Bury Archives Service, with funding from the Museum Libraries and Archives Council.

A standard version of the resource is also available as a PDF document with an EXCEL spreadsheet.