Our Collections

Glenside Hospital Museum


Our extensive collection shows the changes and development in the treatment of mental health from 1850s to the late 20th century; providing an insight into the institutions run for the care of people with disabilities and learning difficulties.

Although the museum tackles difficult subject matter, there is something to interest everyone, from straitjackets and a padded cell to following a quiz round the First World War exhibition.

We also house Steve England’s impressive local fossil collection, including a rare horse tooth from 150 million years ago.

  • Oral History – voices from inside Glenside.
  • Objects – we have a Cataloging Team who are digitising our 3000 artefacts. In January 2016 the team completed photographing and listing over 1000 objects. If you have time to volunteer and help us put some of these online we need your help!
  • Images – we have many images, some have been digitised if you can help as a volunteer put them on-line do contact us Below is our Pinterest account set up by Bethany Lamont showing many of the images from our collection.