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Katherine Fennelly

community care would mean a reduction of the extent of institutional provision for the mentally ill, from large mental hospitals into purpose-built wards in general hospitals. Powell’s words heralded a period of transformation and change in the management of mental health in Britain. Mental hospitals began to close their doors in the final decades of the twentieth century, leaving many former Georgian and Victorian asylum buildings empty, open for redevelopment, and in a few cases allowed to slump into dilapidation. In Ireland, mental hospitals

in An archaeology of lunacy