Patients’ admission registers (1846-1960)
Search, by date, MH 94 for admission registers of asylums and psychiatric hospitals. This series also contains diaries which contain further details on patients.
Please note, some of the early admission registers are available online – please see above.
Records of Broadmoor and Bethlem (c1820-1941)
Search Discovery, our catalogue, in record series HO 8 (1862-1875), HO 20 (1820-1843), HO 144 (1869-1941) and HO 145 (1882-1921) for records of criminals who were confined at Broadmoor and Bethlem (Bethlehem) asylums after being certified at court, or after imprisonment, as being insane.
Please note, some of HO 145 is available online – please see above.
Records of the Ministry of Health and related organisations (1798-2001)
Search our catalogue for records of the Ministry of Health and related organisations from 1798 to 2001 (record series MH and KB) using keywords such as ‘madhouse’, ‘lunatic asylum’, insane’, ‘pauper lunatic’ and ‘mental’; or for the 19th century, terms like ‘imbecile’, ‘idiot’, ‘idiotic’, ‘lunatic’, ‘weak’, ‘weak minded’, ‘mental defective’, or ‘criminal lunatic’. In a few cases names are mentioned in the online records, so it is also worth trying a search by last name within record series MH.
Commissions and inquisitions to determine lunacy (1627-1932)
Search record series C 211 for commissions and inquisitions of lunacy. These records are name searchable from 1853 onwards.
Please note, this is a search across all names that appear in each catalogue description. Search results will include any instance of the name you search for.
Other records may be found in record series C 142 and WARD 7.
Quarterly returns of criminal lunatic asylums (1862-1876)
Search our catalogue, in record series HO 8, by name of asylum and year for quarterly returns of criminal lunatic asylums.
To access these records you will either need to visit us, pay for research (£) or, where you can identify a specific record reference, order a copy £.