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A Fierce Argument over the Burial of a Suicide

In 1849, the reverend of Cottenham, and the Cambridgeshire coroner, had a fierce argument about whether a man of the parish could be given a proper Christian burial. Why? Because he had taken his own life. Learn about beliefs surrounding the burial of suicides in Victorian England.

Misunderstanding the Suicidal

In 1793, a young woman in this village, Dinah Harryman, asked for help with her suicidal feelings. Her aunt’s response indicates how difficult it could be for friends and family to understand the suicidal. Learn about Dinah’s story.

Better off in Bedlam?

Bethlem Royal Hospital, or Bedlam, is probably the most infamous ‘madhouse’ in England. Many people think of it as a place where the mentally ill were locked up against their will. But for many patients, this was far from the case. Learn about those who wanted to be in this institution.

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Christian Aid’s first shop

Where today we find Chanel, between 1964 and 1970 we would have found the first Christian Aid shop. This was not, however, quite like the charity shops so familiar to us now.