Monthly Archives: March 2017

Reflective Dark MOFO

After going through the site during Dark MOFO I was taken by surprise how some people had written messages on their mirrors to loved ones. It doesn’t take much to realise how profound these are. I started to look through … Continue reading

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Council staff made it up!

Russell Penman was the Director of Nursing and the CEO of Willow Court Training Centre during a major part of the downsizing of the institution, as it started moving from a medical (care) model to a social model of support. … Continue reading

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Government Apologizes for Abuse of Disabled

Icelandic Government Apologise BY VALA HAFSTAÐ The Icelandic government has issued an apology to those who suffered abuse at Kópavogshæli, an institution for the disabled, which was operated 1952-1993, mbl.is reports. A report published this week revealed deplorable conditions at the … Continue reading

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The Florence Nightingale connection

For those that attended the successful plays at the last Open Day at Willow Court (11-12 February) you could be forgiven for thinking that Sharon Hutchison (The Matron) was the only person who had a connection with the most famous … Continue reading

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Susan Piddock new links and articles

 The Dr Susan Piddock page has been updated with the latest links and articles. Susan has a strong interest in Asylums and has created some well researched, evidence based material and has offered it for you to read. Click the … Continue reading

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Dr Lynley Wallis

Willow Court Lunatic Asylum was Australia’s first, and longest lasting, asylum. Established in 1826 under various names and management it closed in 2000. Only now are archaeological digs beginning on the site, in the Derwent Valley in Tasmania, to discover … Continue reading

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