Tracking traces of the art extraordinary collection

McGeachan, C. (2021) Tracking traces of the art extraordinary collection. In: Ellis, R., Kendal, S. and Taylor, S. J. (eds.) Voices in the History of Madness: Personal and Professional Perspectives on Mental Health and Illness. Series: Mental health in historical perspective. Palgrave Macmillan: Cham, pp. 219-236. ISBN 9783030695583 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-69559-0_11)

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This chapter discusses the practices involved in tracing the lives, worlds, voices and experiences of individuals experiencing mental ill-health across time and space that remain difficult to uncover. Through tracking the traces that remain of the Art Extraordinary collection, this chapter seeks to uncover a variety of spaces of mental ill-health that fuse people, objects and place together in intriguing formations. Using two case studies from work undertaken with Glasgow Museums—a gym hall in Barlinnie Prison and an unmarked grave in Montrose—this chapter suggests ways of working beyond the traditional bounded walls of the archive, proposing instead a turning towards the collisions between archives/collections and the hearts, minds, bodies and landscapes of those bound up with these histories in the making.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McGeachan, Dr Cheryl
Authors: McGeachan, C.
Subjects:D History General and Old World > D History (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Geographical and Earth Sciences > Geography
Research Group:Human Geography Research Group
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan
Published Online:13 May 2021

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