Bristol Mental Hospital and Denis Reed

Glenside Hospital Museum

Bristol Lunatic Asylum changed its name to Bristol Mental Hospital following the NHS taking over the hospitals in 1948 and the name subsequently changed again to become Glenside Hospital in the 1960s.

Denis Reed was a patient for three years in the early 50s and as a practicing artist has left us with a collection of 83 drawings. See gallery and further information about him and our collection in the review of our Museum Association Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund project Captured on Paper.

We can now offer a touring exhibition and drawing workshops to other museums and venues. If you would like to talk about booking an event please contact Stella Man,

DRAWING WORKSHOPS: So far over 70  people, from Bristol and further afield Рas far as Australia Рhave participated in workshops to learn his drawing techniques.  You can book a one hour session or up to three hour session with tutor and all materials provided.

HANDLING COLLECTION WORKSHOPS: We regularly attend event with our handling collection which support people to consider the care and kindness provided in the past for people with mental illness. Over 500 people from the 3000 that visited the Bristol NeuroScience Festival were engaged in conversation, and members of the Riverside Adolescent Unit (a dedicated service for young people between the ages of 13 and 18 who need intensive help with a range of severe mental health problems) participated in a handling collection event.

POP-UP EXHIBITION: Our touring exhibition can be designed to fit every occasion. We have a portable Denis Reed exhibition on freestanding boards 2m x 2m and information on flexible banners, which are used in conjunction with our handling collection to support people to consider mental health care. Over 1000 people came to a special two week exhibition in the city centre Vestibules Gallery in May 2018 and a smaller version of the exhibition was put up for the University of England’s 70thNHS birthday event.

Excepts from the interpretation banners below: