In 2017, as a history student at the University of Chester, Liam Barnard completed his undergraduate dissertation on the nineteenth century origins of the Royal Albert. He placed the institution, and key figures in its history (such as George Shuttleworth), in the wider context of learning disability ideas and practice of that era. The result is an engaging read which makes a strong case for the historical importance of the Royal Albert at a local, regional and national level.
(Please note that the terms used to describe people with learning difficulties are historical. They were used at the time. We are sorry if any offence is caused.)