Field Trips

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The London community welcomed patient attendance at local events. The staff of the London Asylum occasionally took patients on field trips to the Western Fair or the circus, as a form of amusement. At the Western Fair, patients participated by having a booth showcasing the produce they had harvested at the Asylum farm which gave them the opportunity to take pride in their work. Patients were also offered tickets to local theatre shows off the asylum grounds. For instance, the London Branch of the Canadian Legion sent tickets to a play for patients to attend in 1931. The staff at the Asylum also brought patients to local theatres in the city of London to watch films. Patients would be taken by charter bus to the theatre every Monday afternoon during the fall and winter months of the 1930s and 40s.

These experiences provided some interaction within the general population and offered the patients a change from the usual asylum atmosphere.