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Ida Darwin Hospital, Cambridge, September 2017/Jan 2018

Landie_Man

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Ida Darwin Hospital, Cambridge, September 2017/Jan 2018         

Another year, another one of Landies big backlogs!   I first did this site back in September with a non-explorer friend.  It was pretty boring overall and the one building which looked any good, turned out to be inaccessible.  I later heard the warped door round the back needed a bit of extra tug; but was open!  Doh! 

I kept hold of the photos until I returned in January of this year with another non explorer and went for the more intact building!  Sadly upon arrival; we found the nice part of the hospital to be completely trashed!  Double Doh!

Still, it was a day out and good to be in somewhere. 

The hospital is partly live, but seems to be closing at a fair rate of knots. 

Way back in the late 19th century; people with brain injuries and single mothers were referred to as "feeble minded" and local authorities were to provide public asylums to house those deemed to be "pauper lunatics".

Fulbourn Asylum was opened in 1858 for the feeble minded people of Cambridge to be kept in as it was considered that those people should be segregated from the rest of society.

By the 1960s, the need for provision of dedicated care and support of the mentally handicapped people in the area was noted. The below site was chosen by The East Anglia regional Hospital Board; next to the Fulbourn mental hospital.

 The then new hospital site catered for 250 residents and the aim was that the facilities would enable each resident to maximise their greatest potential. The hospital was named Ida Darwin and has been slowly closing down over the last couple of years.

There was also a weird poo room where someone had turned a table on  its side and had been going behind the table turned over.  Perhaps someone living rough here.  

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As Always, thanks guys!

More At:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/albums/72157693924924014

 

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Doesnt look especially vandal trashed for once, just normal clearout and dont give a fuck trashed. Nice one Landie.

 

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The Ida Darwin Hospital was pulled down last year. I have been involved with a group of people from the Ida Darwin hospital in Cambridge, which was a long stay hospital for learning disabled children and adults. We ran a creative group which we filmed, to capture the rrexresidents and staffd memories of the hospital and are in the process of turning this into a short film.
We have film from the 1960's when the hospital opened, to the images of the bulldozers pulling the buildings down. We wondered if we could have your permission to show some of your photos as part of the film. We would of course credit you for the images.
I emailed your Contact Staff on this site, who have my contact details
Kind regards
Karen
Karen Parker
Lead Arts Therapist
Cambridgeshire Learning Disability Partnership
 

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Hi Karen,

Sorry, I’ve only just seen this and replied to your email. Using images for things in this hobby as a bit of a funny past really (long story short, many use it for personal gain...) but given these circumstances I’d be more than happy to let you use them for the film as it’s for a good cause. If you wish to credit, just say “Landie_Man” or “Harry”.

Is anyone else able to help with images?
 
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