Objects


Discovering Glenside Through its Objects #4: Creature Comforts

Glenside Hospital Museum

One area of the museum has been dressed as it would have been during Glenside’s pauper lunatic asylum days, using the original furniture from the  Victorian Board Room. There is a large mahogany dining table and chairs to seat twelve. The lower half of the room has the original dark wood panelling. Above, the walls […]

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Bringing our collection to life

Glenside Hospital Museum

Participants at GHM’s Drawing Class last week set about capturing our collection on paper. Using the technique of pencil and ink wash they created strong, powerful images. After some quick 10 minute drawings – a sample of the many produced are below – they moved into the heart of the museum. (See Andrew Eddington’s picture […]


Discover Glenside through its Objects #2: Unlocking the Past

Glenside Hospital Museum

Helen Bolton continues her journey round the museum. The object – or objects – that first caught my eye when I stepped into the museum were two sets of fairly ordinary looking keys. One was draped casually over a mug commemorating Stoke Park (a hospital for people with learning disabilities and sister institution to Glenside […]

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Discover Glenside Through its Objects #1: A Visitor’s Journey

Glenside Hospital Museum

To enter the museum, you step through a heavy wooden door to a small side-vestibule that leads you into the church. On one side is a glass case displaying objects that give a first taste of what is to come: a ceramic bed warmer, an ancient enormous thermometer for testing bath temperature, and an early […]


‘We are moved by war’ our exhibition hosted by Bristol Cathedral

Glenside Hospital Museum

We have a special exhibition about Glenside Hospital’s First World War History as part of Bristol Cathedral’s First World War centenary commemoration ‘We Have Our Lives’. The exhibition reminds us of the enormity of the task Bristol’s population faced as the wounded arrived in their hundreds by train into Temple Meads. Admission to the Cathedral […]

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Now I know my ECTS

Glenside Hospital Museum

Guest post by volunteer Ted Aylmer. Visit his interesting Bristol history blog here. There are so many interesting and amazing artifacts at Glenside Hospital Museum, that sometimes it’s difficult to know which ones to write about. As ECT is an area that fascinates many people and, since we have a few different models of ECT machines, and one […]


A Shocking Box – Military Orthopaedics in Bristol, 1916

Glenside Hospital Museum

This box from the hospital’s collection contains the Smart-Bristow faradic apparatus. Our box is probably late 1920s but it is almost exactly the same as the model which would have been used in the First World War at Beaufort War Hospital. The device would send electromagnetically charged voltages at a desired degree and frequency into […]

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The Thomas Splint – the Symbolic Birth of Orthopaedics

Glenside Hospital Museum

The Museum has several Thomas Splints – the symbolic of the birth of orthopaedics – which could date from the First World War. Colonel Robert Jones, CB, promoted the use of the Thomas splint for the initial treatment of femoral fractures and reduced mortality related to compound fractures of the femur from 87% to less […]