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Glenside Hospital Museum

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Beaufort and the men in blue at Glenside Hospital


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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    • Ann L
      Bristol, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Solo travel
      Interesting insight in mental healthcare
      5 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 3rd April 2019
      Managed to eventually visit this museum all about mental/Psychiatric Health care in Bristol - it bought back many memories as I used to work at the hospital from 1987 to its closure and transfer of... Read full review
    • Mary M
      Trip Type:
      Solo travel
      A tucked away gem
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 1st July 2019
      A gem of a museum which explores the history of mental health care in Bristol. It's located in an old chapel - now in the grounds of the UWE Glenside Campus but previously the chapel for the Bristol... Read full review
    • elainej51
      Trip Type:
      Amazing hidden gem
      5 of 5 stars
      Friday, 13th September 2019
      I have lived in Bristol for over 30 years yet had never heard of this. It is amazing. It has the history of the hospital which has been a mental health facility and a war hospital. There are many... Read full review
    University of the West of England
    Glenside Campus
    BS16 1DD

    Tel: +44 (0)117 965 2829

    Opening Times

    * It is open free to the public every Wednesday and Saturday morning from 10.00am–12.30pm.

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