Wilhelmina D Family Story: Part One
As said in the introduction, Wilhelmina D, born on January 20th 1912 was sent from her home in Chorlton-cum-Hardy (Manchester) to Brockhall Institution in March 1921. Wilhelmina was 9 years old.
Here are typed copies from Lancashire Archives of documents which were key to Wilhelmina being classified and admitted to Brockhall in 1921:
one of her two medical certificates,
Brockhall at this time was still officially an institution for so-called ‘inebriate women’ – reflecting its opening in 1904 – but it seems that its population was actually made up of girls and women with what we now term learning disabilities. This changed status was officially recognised in 1924 when the Inebriates Act Board of Lancashire was disbanded and Brockhall’s management was passed over to the Lancashire Asylums Board. It was only in 1927 that the first males were admitted to the institution.
More information on Brockhall history: