Arts Council England


Reclaiming the insane

Throughout history those with mental health problems have been depicted as ‘other’, thus distancing them from the general population. At Glenside Hospital Museum in Bristol, we are very lucky to have unique collection of photographs, paintings and drawings of the patients and the environment of the Bristol Lunatic Asylum which later became Glenside Hospital.  They […]


‘Unlocked’ exhibition at the City Hall 20th-24th February 10am-3pm

  Alldaybreakfast with ‘Unlocked’, a Creative Seed Council funded project. The exhibition aims to engage audiences in discussion about mental health through art. Working as artists in residence at the Glenside Hospital Museum (which was formerly known as the Bristol Lunatic Asylum in the 1800s) the group developed the exhibition using the museum’s exhibits to […]


Words have power

In recent years there has been a movement to call attention to the widespread use of ableist language. If you don’t know, ableist language is any word or phrase that intentionally or inadvertently targets an individual with a disability. So using words like crazy, idiot, lame etc. to describe someone is ableist. Some people think […]


Between the Devil and the Angels

Asylum Lives blog post by Paul Tobia This blog starts with the lives and experiences of people who suffered from mental health problems from 1861 to 1900 at the Bristol Lunatic Asylum, which later became Glenside Hospital. It will be run by Glenside Hospital Museum and myself, Paul Tobia. Initially it will be based on […]


Video on Asylum Furnishings and Decoration circa 1891

Henry Burdett reading from his book on Asylum Furniture and Decoration Moira Gavin has produced a video (click on link above to see) as part of our exhibition currently on show at the Museum ‘In Search of Self’.Moria has been cataloging our books and drew her inspiration from one of the many lovely old books […]


A day at Glenside Hospital Museum

Developed by Part Exchange Co’s Hidden City Writer in residence project through their Arts Council funded Engine House project. DO NO HARM WHILE TRYING TO DO SOME GOOD A day at Glenside Hospital Museum by Lucy Bell There are life-sized mannequins at Glenside Hospital Museum. Dressed in medical gowns, they treat other mannequins with everything […]