Exercise is the Thing? Sport and the Asylum c. 1850-1950

Steven Cherry, Roger Munting

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Team games, initially and principally cricket but later other games, were played in mental asylums in various parts of Britain from the mid-nineteenth century, before being abandoned in the move to 'care in the community' from c.1980s. Taking as a detailed example the Norfolk Lunatic Asylum (later St Andrew's Hospital), this article examines the use of games in patient therapy. Games were originally confined to male patients but later included women. Using archival and interview sources we assess the value of such therapy, the response of the patients and the demise of the idea before the final closure of the hospital.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42-58
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of the History of Sport
Volume22 (1)
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2005

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