In Search of Self: art inspired by the Museum

On 12th September for Bristol Doors Open Day 2015 we are launching an exhibition of art done by the custodians of our collection.

On the day some of our volunteers will be in costume reflecting different aspects of the building’s history. Come and spot the wounded First World War soldier dressed in blue, the Victorian author and expert of the design of Asylums, and our nurses.

And we are privileged to be hosting a Hidden City Writer in Residence from Part Exchange Co in association with Architecture Centre and Doors Open Day. go to to find out more details about this exciting initiative.

The Museum is managed, run and developed by a team of volunteers. They do a wide range of work for the Museum from changing light bulbs to producing written booklets on the research they have conducted. For our new exhibition they have used their talents to produce thought provoking sculpture, drawings, photographs, film, paintings and prints in response to our collection.

Come and see a ‘material brain’, institutionalised dolls, a film recording the Victorian Henry C Burdett on how to decorate the Asylum and much more at the exhibition of art done by the custodians of the collection. From 12th of September to the 19th December 2015.

Ann Blannin with her art piece. A brain.