Prisoners or Patients? Criminal Insanity in Victorian Scotland

Exhibitions (historical)

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  • National Records of Scotland - Matheson Dome
  • Opening times: Monday to Friday 10am to 4:30pm
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
  • Group: National Records of Scotland
  • Warnings and additional info: Includes discussion around historical mental health issues and incidents of violent crime.
  • Accessibility:
    Hearing not needed
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
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This exhibition reveals the stories of prisoner-patients held in the Criminal Lunatic Department in Perth. For centuries mental illness and impairment has touched the lives of people regardless of background, sex or circumstance. Guest curator Professor Rab Houston of the University of St Andrews examines the personal histories of crime, recovery and release recorded in the archives of National Records of Scotland, raising awareness of mental disorders inside and outside prisons, past and present.

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General venue access

  • Hearing not needed
  • Accessible entry: Information not supplied
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible
  • Stairs: Not Selected
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

How and when to make an access booking

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  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Dates, Times and Prices