The Psychiatric Hospital of Conxo, one of the oldest in the peninsula, had from its beginnings (it was created in 1885) with model facilities, equipped with the most modern equipment and with the attention of prestigious professionals.
But it also operated according to the gender patterns of the time, where women who were considered ill at the time were admitted for attempting to transgress the roles that patriarchal society reserved for them in the home. Being a woman and insane meant a double stigma: they were women silenced by society, confined to the institution and with strictly controlled outside contact. The exhibition aims to showcase the wealth of the collection of the Conxo Psychiatric Hospital itself, transferred to the Arquivo de Galicia in 2012 from the Servizo Galego de Saúde. These pieces address the study of psychiatry and mental health from multiple aspects, including the gender perspective.
57 pieces including diagnoses, medical records, admission files and photographs
A total of 57 items were selected, including documents, photographs and objects, distributed in six showcases where the admission files and medical records of the patients stand out, as well as the treatments and correspondence that the inmates or the institution itself maintained with their families. There are also documents related to the management of the centre, both in the administrative and care areas: admission record books, material record books...