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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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    Recent Reviews:

    • genibre69
      London, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Solo travel
      Interesting museum (and free!) if old-fashioned
      3 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 22nd July 2018
      I 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
    • Alice H
      Trip Type:
      Solo travel
      Fascinating insight into the history of mental health.
      4 of 5 stars
      Monday, 17th September 2018
      Visited 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
    • daniela19992018
      Island of Malta, Malta
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      Quaint and Interesting!
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 22nd September 2018
      All 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
    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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