Professional mourners: From about 1600 to 1914, funeral mutes were professional mourners. Symbolic protectors of the deceased, the mute would usually stand near the door of the home or church.

Professional mourners: From about 1600 to 1914, funeral mutes were professional mourners. Symbolic protectors of the deceased, the mute would usually stand near the door of the home or church.

Female patient chained to a post in an 18th century mental asylum. Methods of constraint such as this were often used because patients were seen as being dangerous. It also made the job easier for the few warders assigned to look after the patients. In 1792, the French physician Philippe Pinel was the first to realize that such deprivation of movement & light actually worsened patients' mental conditions.

Female patient chained to a post in an 18th century mental asylum. Methods of constraint such as this were often used because patients were seen as being dangerous. It also made the job easier for the few warders assigned to look after the patients. In 1792, the French physician Philippe Pinel was the first to realize that such deprivation of movement & light actually worsened patients' mental conditions.

The Workhouse Cookbook - Complete history of food and of cooking in the…

The Workhouse Cookbook - Complete history of food and of cooking in the…

Rare: This 1845 salt print was taken by pioneering photographer William Henry Fox Talbot a...

Rare: This 1845 salt print was taken by pioneering photographer William Henry Fox Talbot a...

Cane chair weaver: 1759  Paul Sandby  © Museum of London

Cane chair weaver: 1759 Paul Sandby © Museum of London

A pudding, a pudding, a hot pudding: 1760 Paul Sandby © Museum of London

A pudding, a pudding, a hot pudding: 1760 Paul Sandby © Museum of London

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