This section is dedicated to multimedia clips created from authentic documents.


In this short video John Basset, writer and actor at Spaniel In The Works theatre company, re-enacts events leading up to a patient’s admission. The performance was given as part of the Exeter Mental Health workshop in September 2011.


Nurse’s memories

The following audio clip tells the experiences of nurses working in the Devon mental hospitals during the middle of the 20th century.


Doctor’s briefing for patient

This audio clip shows a doctor’s briefing for one of his patients hospitalised towards the end of the 19th century.

Both audio clips have been created by MA students in the Drama Department under the guidance of Fiona Macbeth. Our sincere thanks go to:

The three MA students behind the scenes – Lianne Bolt, Irini Cheliou, Avital Stolar

Interviewer – Emma Keogh

Interviewed Nurse – Geoff Fox

Doctor – Jack Bridgewater