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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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    • Andrew P
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      Loved it
      5 of 5 stars
      Friday, 19th January 2018
      Amazing full of history and set in a scenic surrounding great to just unwind and easily accessible via public transport And also ample car parking spaces Top place Read full review
    • gemma212017
      Bristol, United Kingdom
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      Amazing insight into mental health history!
      5 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 7th December 2017
      Lovely museum, really interesting to view medical instruments and documents from years past. Our understanding of mental health has come a long way in such a short space of time, this museum has done... Read full review
    • aveagoodtime
      Bristol, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      Very interesting
      4 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 26th September 2017
      We visited the Museum as part of Doors Open Day. Although the Museum is 'off the beaten track', it was well worth a visit. We spent some time walking around and reading about the history of... 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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