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Accessing records varies around the country. the trust I worked for would allow access in some cases I think not sure how much they charged if anything. I heard of some trusts charging around £80. I know of somebody who managed to access their records but once they had been ok'd by the trust and consultant there was more stuff blacked out (censored) and unreadable than readable.  The problem these days is trusts could be wary because of the where there's blame there's a claim culture.

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On 04/01/2019 at 21:36, gene said:

? Holding centre to be microfilmed first before destruction, is more likely. Ask someone will know what procedures are in place.   

At the trust, I worked for I don't think they were microfiched but they were stored electronically. As you can imagine it was/is a mammoth task .

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My late aunt Audrey worker at middlewood for many years not sure if theres anything I might have that could help. lived in wadsley growing up spent a load of time in and around the place even used to frequent the club on the grounds which was very popular in the 8o's  ill have a look for you Audrey ridley was my aunts name 

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https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/home/libraries-archives/access-archives-local-studies-l

 

Mental health

The history of mental health provision in South Yorkshire from the late 19th century is largely told by the history of Middlewood Hospital (formerly South Yorkshire Lunatic Asylum) which was established in Sheffield in 1872.

The records of Middlewood Hospital (1872 – 1996) are at Sheffield Archives. These include patient admission registers dating back to 1872 which list the names of the many thousands of people who passed through the asylum, detailing ages, occupations and ‘causes of insanity’.

The names of all patients admitted to Middlewood Hospital between 1872 and 1910 have been transcribed and can be searched using our indexes.

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