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William A.F. Browne on Music, Health and Wellbeing

View image William A.F. Browne, who was Medical Superintendent at the Crichton between 1838 and 1857, wrote extensively about his practice and his views about appropriate treatments for psychiatry. Many of these ideas became influential through his publications, lectures and personal contacts. The Annual Reports of the Crichton Institution include another passage which offers a…

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William A.F. Browne on Music, Health and Wellbeing

30th November 2023

Patient and Staff Concerts at The Crichton

View image One of the most important innovations during the early years of the Crichton Institution was its introduction of concerts organised and performed by patients and staff. Performers were drawn from across the asylum, including several of the attendants (male nursing staff), as well as local musicians from Dumfries town. The first concert given…

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Patient and Staff Concerts at The Crichton

29th November 2023

Celebrating National Tree Week

🌳National Tree Week at The Crichton! It turns out that yes, there is such a thing as National Tree Week and we are celebrating it this week here at The Crichton. As part of our 100 year landscape plan, we are looking to plant more trees across our site and increase our biodiversity. Work is…

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Celebrating National Tree Week

29th November 2023

Music at The Crichton

View image The Crichton Royal Institution supported a vibrant music life, including concerts, musical plays and, from the mid-nineteenth-century, a choir and band. Much of this activity is also recorded at lunatic asylums elsewhere in the UK, but the Crichton is unusual for its record, albeit brief and , of patient composition. This edition of…

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Music at The Crichton

28th November 2023
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