Collection THB 30 - Murthly Asylum

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THB 30


Murthly Asylum


  • 1864-1985 (Creation)

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5 linear metres

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Biographical history

Murthly Hospital was completed and open to patients on 1st April 1864 as the Perth District Asylum for pauper lunatics. It was the second district asylum to open in Scotland, and in 1894 became one of the first to build villas within its grounds in an early attempt to provide accommodation for patients based on the colony or village system. The hospital closed in 1984 and is now demolished.

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Scope and content

Reports, the Board of Directors and the Board of Lunacy. 1865-1948 Financial Records. 1906-1944 Patient Records. 1864-1985 Staff Records. 1829-1949 Records relating to asylum grounds and farm. 1939-1966 Publications. 1838-1963 Photographs and paintings. 1838-c 1960 Maps and Plans. 1864-1958



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Usually chronological within series.

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Conditions governing access

Open for consultation subject to preservation requirements. Access must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act (2018), General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR, 2018) and any other relevant legislation or restrictions. Clinical information is closed for 100 years.

Conditions governing reproduction

Reproduction is available subject to preservation requirements. Charges may be made for this service, and copyright and other restrictions may apply; please check with the Duty Archivist.

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Paper/Photographs/Outsized volumes/Plans

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Description identifier

THB 30

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Description compiled in line with the following standards: International Council on Archives, ISAD(G) General International Standard Archival Description; International Council on Archives, ISAAR(CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families; National Council on Archives, Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997



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  • English



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