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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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    • Susie G
      Bristol, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      Fascinating History
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 24th April 2017
      This is a really unusual and fascinating insight into the history of Glenside Hospital. The church setting adds to the atmosphere and was complemented by the organ music. I have walked past this so... Read full review
    • drv2
      Trip Type:
      Amazing Insight into Mental Health
      5 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 15th March 2017
      A truly memorable experience. In this modern age, it is good that the suffering of those less fortunate than ourselves is not forgotten and the history of Mental Health is recorded. It was delightful... Read full review
    • EnieBiggles
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      Illuminating and moving
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 8th January 2017
      I'm of an age that much of the history of Glenside is contemporary with my life, certainly with my parents and slightly older books and magazines etc. This gave me an extra frisson! Growing up with... Read full review
    University of the West of England
    Glenside Campus
    BS16 1DD

    Tel: +44 (0)117 965 2829

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

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