Glenside Hospital Museum is located within the grounds of the old hospital, it aims to inform, educate and de-stigmatise mental illness and learning difficulties.
Housed in the original hospital chapel, a Grade II listed building, Glenside Hospital Museum has an extensive collection showing the changes and development in the treatment of mental health from 1860s to the late 20th century. This important collection paints a vivid picture of the life of patients and staff in the former Glenside Hospital and an insight into the institutions run for the care of people with disabilities and learning difficulties.
In addition, the history of the hospital during the First World War is told through an extensive collection of postcards. The Asylum was requisitioned by the War Office and became Beaufort War Hospital. Stanley Spencer was a medical orderly here and many of his paintings at Sandham Memorial Chapel at Burghclere depict of life at Beaufort War Hospital.
Although the museum tackles difficult subject matter, there is something to interest everyone, from straitjackets to ringing the church bell. There is also an impressive local fossil collection, including a rare horse tooth from 150 million years ago.
It is open free to the public every Wednesday and Saturday morning from 10.00am–12.30pm.
If you would like to come on a different day, it is possible to arrange for the museum to be open by appointment.
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- daniela19992018Island of Malta, MaltaTrip Type:Friends getawayQuaint and Interesting!Saturday, 22nd September 2018All the exhibits were very detailed and give an interesting insight into the development of mental health. The staff are also very friendly and knowledgable. I would recommend asking one of the staff... Read full review
- Alice HTrip Type:Solo travelFascinating insight into the history of mental health.Monday, 17th September 2018Visited this little museum during the Bristol Open Doors Weekend and was amazed by the in-depth historical information presented. It was all done sensitively and there was also a more concise history... Read full review
- genibre69London, United KingdomTrip Type:Solo travelInteresting museum (and free!) if old-fashionedSunday, 22nd July 2018I took the bus from the city centre at Old Market to get here- takes about a half hour. The museum itself is a hodgepodge of information. It’s very old-school: mannequins in ill-fitting clothing to... Read full review
Tel: +44 (0)117 965 2829
* It is open free to the public every Wednesday and Saturday morning from 10.00am–12.30pm.