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Helmet for a member of the Asylum Fire Brigade

The West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum Fire Brigade was formed in 1871, commissioned by the then medical director James Crichton-Browne.

The brigade was originally made up of both staff and patients. Able bodied patients were supervised by experienced staff and would have their bedrooms located on the ground floor so that they could be quick to help in any emergency. 

Providing patients with meaningful work was in keeping with the 19th century doctrine of Moral Treatment.

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Victorian Pill Machine

Pill machines were used by Victorian chemists. Medicinal powders were mixed together with a binding agent then cut into equal-sized pills using a machine like this.
 

This pill machine, which is in the MHM collection is brass and wood. It was made by S. Maws & Son in London.

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