Nottinghamshire Archives reopened to the public on 28 April 2015, following our closure as part of a £2.5m investment project to extend the archives building and preserve the county's rich heritage for future generations. You can now visit the Archives to explore the county's rich documentary heritage by researching the collections and/or attending one of our events. Our enquiry, research and reprographics services are all still available.
Following generous grants from the Wellcome Trust, the historic records of Rampton Secure Hospital have now been catalogued
Rampton Criminal Lunatic Asylum opened in 1912 as an annex to Broadmoor Hospital, Berkshire. In 1920 it closed as an annex and re-opened as a separate State Institution admitting those who were classed under the Mental Deficiency Acts as having 'dangerous, violent or criminal propensities'. Following the Mental Health Act 1959, Rampton became a Special Hospital and continued to admit patients with learning difficulties and mental health problems who could not be managed in other institutions. The broadcast of 'The Secret Hospital' in 1979 led to a major review of hospital practice and events at the third secure hospital, Ashworth, near Liverpool, in the 1990s led to an increase in security at all three hospitals, Ashworth, Rampton and Broadmoor. Rampton Secure Hospital now provides high security psychiatric care to people with learning disabilities, the deaf, women and patients with personality disorders.
A grant from the Wellcome Trust in 2008 enabled a survey of the existing records to be undertaken at Rampton by a member of the Archives' staff. Having identified surviving documents of historic value, a total of 364 boxes were then transferred to the Archives.
A further grant was made by the Wellcome Trust in 2012 for the employment of a temporary archivist to catalogue the collection. That work has now been completed and the catalogue is available online.
Because of the sensitive nature of the archives many of them are placed on restricted access. However if you do wish to look at any particular item or would like information from the archive, please refer to our restricted access records leaflet for details on how to do this.