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New Dialogues

One of four exhibitions is ‘Looking to the Light’ at Glenside Hospital Museum until 29th January 2023 New Dialogues has been a nationwide, two year-project, made possible thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund, which saw Outside In work with Glenside Hospital Museum (Bristol), Glasgow Life Museums (Glasgow), and the Mental Health Museum (Wakefield). It […]


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, […]


‘I do not want to smoke’ GHM exhibition until 13th May

This film installation spotlights a pivotal, yet often overlooked, moment in the history of medical cinema. Bringing to life one of the world’s first attempts to incorporate the cinema into psychotherapeutic treatment, the installation showcases the short film, I Do Not Want To Smoke (2020). The film is based on a script published in the Soviet Union in 1936 […]


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 […]


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, […]


‘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 […]


Bringing our collection to life

Participants at GHM’s Drawing Classes 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 on Facebook.) […]


Discover Glenside through its Objects #2: Unlocking the Past

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 […]


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 […]


Moved by Conflict: First World War Exhibition at the M Shed

Find out how the First World War effected Bristol and its people in the M Shed’s new exhibition, ‘Moved by Conflict‘. Featuring archives and original objects, the exhibition reveals how local lives were impacted by war. Glenside Hospital Museum are proud to have supplied one of the many fascinating objects that make up the exhibition: a pair of […]


Special Fossil Exhibition at Glenside Museum

Local fossils collected from beneath your feet. Steve England has been discovering and collecting fossils from Stoke Park and Frome Valley for many years. A selection from his fantastic collection is on display in the museum. Come and touch the fossilised remains of giant trees. They are  300 million years old and tell us that […]