was fairly late in the CRCMH exploration scheme of things when we
first went through the door near the toy cupboard in the Stage Room.
This led outside to a lot of overgrown foliage and a few previously
hidden terrapin buildings - the most northerly structures in the grounds.
One of these contains the "Dead Files."
didn't come up with the name "Dead Files" ourselves. Many
of the papers inside have the term scrawled across them. Boxes upon
boxes of "Dead Files" - the unwanted case histories of deceased
patients, some dating back to the Second World War. By law, these
should simply not have been here - but they were.
all there - simply stacks of the stuff. We wouldn't, however, want
to display a whole heap of personal information alongside details
of whom it belonged. And like many of you that have contacted us,
we have flicked through countless papers (including some files belonging
to local celebrities I might add) - but I'd like to think that we
could show at least a little dignity and respect here.
what you will find is a few examples of the type of
documents that make up the "Dead Files." In each case the
patient's identity has been withheld, but it doesn't stop these images
from being perhaps the most moving part of this site. Hundreds of
individuals, many halted at a tragically young age, make up the "Dead
Files." It makes you stop and think of the routinely sorrowful
side of the CRCMH.