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Gillian Allmond

Currently completing my PhD thesis entitled: The colony asylum in Scotland, Ireland and Germany: an archaeology of environmentalism.


The colony asylum in Edwardian Ireland and Scotland differed from English asylums in providing the majority of patient accommodation in a series of villas, categorised for acute, observation and chronic or convalescent cases. Colony asylums first became widespread in Germany and German examples became the inspiration for similar institutions built in Ireland and Scotland.  My research explores late-nineteenth-century degenerationism with its focus on anti-urbanism, sanitarianism and racialised class distinctions and connects these ideas with the production of hygienic, bourgeois, rural/suburban environments in the colony asylum. My particular interest is buildings, their architecture, internal layouts, decoration and furnishings. My research is based on both fieldwork visits to the buildings themselves and evidence obtained from a range of archives in Ireland, Scotland and Germany extending to maps, plans, annual reports, minutes and photographs. I have also made extensive use of contemporary published material including newspapers, journals and other literature. 




<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Allmond, G. 2017 (accepted) ‘Levelling up the lower deeps’: the hygiene of light and air in an Edwardian asylum’. In: G. Laragy, O. Purdue and J. Wright, eds. Urban Spaces in Nineteenth Century Ireland. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Allmond, G. 2017 ‘The First Garden City? Environment and utopianism in an Edwardian institution for the insane poor’ Journal of Historical Geography, 56, April, pp.101-112

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Allmond, G. 2017 ‘Liberty and the Individual: the colony asylum in Scotland and England’ History of Psychiatry, 28 (1), pp.29-43

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Allmond, G. 2016 ‘“The outer darkness of madness”: an Edwardian Winter Garden at Purdysburn asylum for the insane poor.’ In: M. Dowd and R. Hensey, eds. The Archaeology of Darkness. Oxford: Oxbow Books.


<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Allmond, G. 2016. ‘Light and darkness in an Edwardian institution for the insane poor - illuminating the material practices of the asylum age.’ International Journal of Historical Archaeology, 20 (1), pp.1-22.

Humanities Subjects

  • Architecture
  • History

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