I am beginning my project by looking at the role of music within asylums. Was music used as a therapy, and if so, how? What were the social and recreational roles of music within a closed institution? What does this tell us about music’s place in society, and in medicine? I am undertaking archive research at a number of centres around the UK, supported by funding from the Wellcome Trust.
I am hoping that my work will not only be of historical interest, but will speak to anyone involved or interested in music as a therapy (in the widest sense) today.