History exhibition in the Windsor Building

Posted on 22/02/2012

From Tuesday 28th February, you will get the chance to view a fascinating exhibition organised by Dr Jane Hamlett from the Department of History. The exhibition is called, Living away from home: life in some of Surrey’s Victorian and Edwardian residential institutions and it attracted a large number of appreciative visitors when it was exhibited at Surrey History Centre in January.

The exhibition considers how Holloway Sanatorium, Charterhouse School, and common lodging houses were organised and decorated, and provides a glimpse of how people who lived there reacted to their surroundings. It reveals how Miss P, a high class governess, was admitted to Holloway Sanatorium in 1865 suffering from mania, and how her condition deteriorated when she was moved from a private room. And how Charterhouse schoolboy, Adrian Daintrey, found life tough in his house and sought solace in the school library. George Davis, meanwhile, the disgruntled inmate of a common lodging house in Staines, wrote to the Chief Inspector at Scotland Yard to complain about his poor night’s sleep.

The exhibition draws together an impressive array of photos and documents, just some of the results of Dr Hamlett’s two year study into how the institutions used interior decoration, and how this influenced the lives of their inmates during the 19th and early 20th century.

You’ll find the exhibition on the ground floor of the Windsor Building from 28 February until 28 March.

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