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Box of material for occupational therapy, Brighton, England, 1900-1960

During the 1800s, many institutions for patients with mental illnesses used manual labour such as gardening or laundry work as a form of therapy. In the 20th century, institutions began using more expressive therapies such as arts and crafts as rehabilitation. This box contains equipment for button-making and covering. It was used for occupational therapy activities at the Brighton County Borough Asylum from 1900-1960. This later became St. Francis Psychiatric Hospital.

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Glossary: psychiatric hospital

Psychiatric hospital specialising in the treatment of serious mental illness, usually for relatively long-term patients.

Glossary: occupational therapy

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Glossary: occupational therapy equipment

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