Glenside Hospital Museum

University of the West of England, Glenside Campus, Stapleton, Bristol, BS16 1DD

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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.

£5 per ticket of two
Children free

Wednesday, 10.00am - 1.00pm
Saturday, 10.00am - 4.00pm

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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Opening Times

Open: (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)
Bank HolidayClosed

* Wednesday, 10.00am - 1.00pm
Saturday, 10.00am - 4.00pm



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    • 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
    • PennyPossum
      Trip Type:
      Hidden gem!
      5 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 19th August 2020
      Really lovely museum! Helpful and friendly staff. Lots of information and amazing artefacts. Definite must go for those interested in the history of mental health care! Thank you for having us! Read full review
    • Safari31338924237
      Wellington, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Fascinating hidden gem
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 25th September 2021
      Glenside Hospital Museum is located in Stapleton/Fishponds to the North East of Bristol City and is housed inside the purpose built church which sits in the grounds of the former hospital site. The... Read full review

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