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Royal Earlswood Asylum
Wednesday 23 June 2021, 05:30pm
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Heritage events - Surrey County Council

 James Henry Pullen (1835-1916) and the ' for Idiots', Redhill. A talk for Disability Awareness Week, 2021

Dr Andrew Reed's pioneering 'Asylum for Idiots' was founded in Highgate in 1847 and moved to its permanent home, the Royal Earlswood Asylum Redhill, in 1855. The charity aimed 'to take the Idiot and Imbecile under its care, [and] by skilful and earnest application of the best means in his education, to prepare him, as far as possible, for the duties and enjoyments of life'. James Henry Pullen, very deaf and unable to communicate easily, was admitted in 1850. He became known as an 'idiot savant' for his extraordinary skills as an artist, craftsman and modelmaker. This talk uses the surviving archives of Earlswood Asylum to explore its early history and the life and work of its most famous patient. In doing so, it provides a template of typical records that can be used to research the lives of patients in a Victorian institution.

Tickets £5. Please book a place online. After payment has been received you will be emailed a unique link and password to attend the talk on Zoom.

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