Lingfield Epileptic Colony: The Musical?

I just found a journal article, published in 1907, that details the establishment and running of an “epileptic colony” for under-privileged children in the UK. Apparently these existed not only in England, but also in North America. Given my life-long obsession with orphans and boarding schools, I’m understandably enthusiastic about the concept. Two separate hours rigidly scheduled for singing every Sunday? Forty-five minutes set aside to consume “bread-and-butter, cake, and tea”?  This is the stuff that musicals are made of. Even the chance to be “deputed” for domestic duties is pretty appealing. As a bonus, only children “who are not imbeciles” are admitted—no need to mingle with the dim-witted. And here lies the danger of reading too many boarding school books as a kid: an eternally romanticized idea of a category of institutions that includes both Oliver-style orphanages and Eton-like prep schools.

But yeah, sign me up.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s