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Looking to the Light

New Dialogues an exhibition of Art at Glenside Hospital Museum on until the 1st April 2023 An exciting exhibition of contemporary art exploring mental health care has been launched at Glenside Hospital Museum, Bristol.  It is one of three ground-breaking new exhibitions across the UK inspired by remarkable collections relating to mental health. In Bristol, […]


Portraits of the Unremembered

Dr Paul Tobia, has been researching the patients at Bristol’s mental hospital, 1861-1900. Using the patient records at Bristol Archives and archives across Britain, he has created films and the many articles we have blogged on our website. Below is a beautifully drawn collection of portraits from another hospital, equally informative about people who became […]


Spectrum; from A-Z by Shagufta Iqbal

For 2020, as part of Bristol Poetic City, we have a Writer in Residence: Shagufta K. Iqbal Her beautiful poem ‘Spectrum’ and social media series launches on World Mental Health Day October 10th. Go to You Tube to be entranced by her poem:  https://youtu.be/Fv4XRLmQilE Thomas Chatterton (1752-1770) is a celebrated young Bristol poet.  He died […]


‘Poetry Helps’

World Suicide Prevention Day 10th September. We have been working with poet Caroline Burrows to create an online poetry event to be launched on September 10th for World Suicide Prevention Day:#PoetryHelps, exploring what can help with #SuicideAwareness and #SuicidePrevention. @VerseCycle. Caroline has created 45 verses and with the help of many participants has created a […]


Time to Draw

Drawing can be very meditative and soothing, but you don’t have to start with a blank piece of paper. Suzanne Alsop, Glenside Hospital Museum volunteer is a keen colourer, ‘I have found colouring to be helpful in my own recovery and relating some of my pictures to the noble characteristics of these animals has added […]


Time to Reflect Two

Junjie Wang has also had time to reflect on her experience of volunteering at Glenside Hospital Museum. She is now a Museum Professional at the Aurora Museum, Shanghai, China, currently closed due to the COVID-19 virus.   ‘Actually, I don’t quite know to describe this museum exactly. It is small, but not simple. It is […]


Time to Reflect

Volunteer Colin Ogdan ‘a man of many talents’ writes about his experience of volunteering at Glenside Hospital Museum. I heard the Museum was looking for someone to help with woodwork for their displays and so with my engineering background and experience in education I turned up. I look at project suggestions from the team and […]


The Stretcher: Untold Stories of the First World War

‘The stretcher-bearer ferried him from hell, A wounded soldier the blast of a shell.’ Stretcher-bearers are the unsung heroes of the First World War. They were often considered to be nothing more than a porter, but they were in fact extremely brave individuals who returned to the battlefield to collect the wounded. Advancing troops were […]


Glenside: Mental Health Museum by Sophie Stammers

For those of you who have not yet visited the Museum, or are unable to get here, this post gives a real flavour of what to expect when you come. It originally appeared on Imperfect Cognitions, the blog run by researchers at Project PERFECT, a multidisciplinary team investigating issues in mental health, irrationality and wellbeing, […]


The fickle press and the asylum

By Dr Paul Tobia Whether the local press reflects public opinion in the late 1800s it is difficult to know because there are rarely any other sources, but they do give an insight into attitudes to mental health care. Bristol had produced many newspapers since the Bristol Post Boy was first published in 1702. When […]


Home: from St Louis, Missouri to Bristol Asylum

ALBERT JAMES HOME (1846-1910) By Robert Home Albert James Home was born in Midsomer Norton, Somerset, then a mining town and new railway hub. The only child of William Home (1809-1880), a brewer’s commercial traveller, and his wife a local woman, Sarah Smith (1811-1890). (William had been born in Stanton Lacey near Ludlow, and the […]


The ‘Good’ Doctor

Pretending to be someone other than oneself is an attractive prospect, you can forget your insecurities and adopt another persona more confident and  talented than yourself. This is what the acting profession is based on and to a certain extent it is something we all do. I know that when I went to work as […]


One man’s war. All the way from Tasmania

Private Charles Samuel Henry Dale experienced the First World War in Gallipoli, France and Belgium, and due to the severity of the wounds he sustained was deemed unfit for active duty in the Second World War. He was one of the 29,000 plus soldiers who came to Beaufort War Hospital for treatment. Dale had enlisted […]


PEOPLE WHO SHAPED OUR WORLD

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN Dr Donal Early (1917-2004) pioneered a radical new way of treating mental illness in Bristol in the 1960s and with his wife Dr Prudence Early (1918-2017) founded in 1984 the unique and nationally important Glenside Hospital Museum. While some 100 years have passed since their birth in Ireland, the museum continues […]