Richard of Chichester: ascetic, vegetarian, and patron saint

[This story was published on December 15 in the Observer series. Read the original story at] Visitors to (and inhabitants of) Chichester may have walked past the statue of Saint Richard without reading the plaque on the ground near his feet. I know I’ve missed it several times before. It reads: “This statue of St Richard […]

Archives of Lost Voices: Patient Publications in Hospitals

[This story was published on December 12 on The Still Point blog. Read the original story at] It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly where this PhD project began, but it certainly grew out my involvement with the Graylingwell Heritage Project. This was a Heritage Lottery Funded community, heritage and arts programme which charted the history of Chichester’s […]

The Living and the Dead:Folklore and Magic, Science and Technology

[This story was published on November 25 on the BAVS Neo-Victorian blog. Read the original story at] Last week, I blogged about The Living and the Dead’s young spirit conduit Harriet Denning, poised between childhood and a repressed Victorian womanhood. Harriet’s age is associated in nineteenth-century psychology with a vulnerability to hysteria and psychosexual confusion, […]

Lodestar review: The time travelling first lady of folk revival music returns

[This story was published on November 28 on the Hastings Observer website. Read the original story at] The perfect antidote to the loud and omnipresent horror of the US election, Shirley Collins’ first album in thirty years evokes images of a peaceful England located somewhere in the past, a mythical rural space shaped by legend and […]

The Living and the Dead: Victorian Psychology and Spirit Possession

[This story was published on November 25 on the BAVS Neo-Victorian blog. Read the original story at] Last week, my first Victorianist post on the BBC’s series The Living and the Dead looked at the character of Charlotte, the pioneering photographer and new wife of Nathan Appleby.  As an enterprising New Woman, Charlotte is initially […]

Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome

[Image: Nameless and Friendless, 1857, Emily Mary Osborn] Hello, friends, Romans, and lovers of the creative, historical, queer, and macabre! Thank you for taking the time to visit my attempted cabinet of curiosities. For anyone who may have stumbled across this blog and might be wondering who I am, my name is Emily, I’m a writer […]

The Lost Histories of Patient Publications

Contact me here Calling all historians, Victorianists, creative types, ex or current service users,  mental health staff, occupational therapists and any interested in history and/or mental health! Do you have a story about patient creativity you’d like to share? I’m currently working on a project investigating the history of mental health with a specific focus […]