PhD student, University of Leicester

Cara is one of the Social History Society’s two elected postgraduate representatives.

PhD student at the University of Leicester. Her research examines the patients who were circulated in and out of the Cumberland and Westmorland Lunatic Asylum from its inception in 1862 until the outbreak of war in 1914. Cara’s work focuses on redressing the imbalance of institutional asylum histories which neglect the experiences of pauper patients. The movement of these patients sits at the heart of her work, as the provision of mental health care in this period was not a stationary experience.

She regularly posts about her research on her blog at

If you have any queries or problems you wish to voice, you can contact her by email at or on Twitter @caradobbing