Glenside Hospital Museum
Glenside Hospital Museum
University of the West of England Glenside Campus
City of Bristol
A collection on the history of Bristol Psychiatric hospitals and Learning Disability hospitals.
Dr Donal Early was the main founder of the museum and was a consultant psychiatrist at Glenside from the 1950s. He and his volunteers collected memorabilia and stored them on the balcony of the dining hall of Glenside. When the old building closed he and his volunteers were given the use of the Glenside Chapel, which they renovated and have slowly developed as a museum.
The museum has a wide range of paraphernalia and images from the life of Glenside and of the local Learning Disability Hospitals of the Stoke Park Group and the Burden Neurological Institution.
The Chancel is used for temporary exhibitions and for the paintings of Dennis Reed, an accomplished artist who painted life in Glenside from the inside, in the 1950's.
There are several early ECT machines on display.
We have a small archive of photographs and some records, most records regarding Glenside / Mental Hospitals in Bristol are held in Bristol Records Office.
Open Saturdays and Wednesdays
10am - 12 noon
group/school visits can be arranged.
The Glenside Hospital Museum houses collections relating to the history of Bristol Psychiatric Hospitals, and Learning Disability Hospitals.
Highlights include an array of medications and remedies, drawings by patient Denis Reed, a fully operational church organ, ECT machines, padded cell, straight jacket, mortuary equipment, ophthalmic instruments, an undercarriage door of a Messerschmitt Bomber from WW2, and dioramas of an everyday ward, operating theatre, and GP's surgery.
Social History, Medicine, Fine Art
Key artists and exhibits
- Paintings by Dennis Reed
- Early ECT machines
Heritage Open Days 2014: Glenside Hospital Museum
- 13 September 2014
Glenside Hospital Museum is located in the Victorian Chapel of a former Asylum. In 1915-1919 the War Office took it over, with Beaufort War Hospital treating 26,000 wounded soldiers. The Museum will be displaying discovered stories, postcards, autograph books and artefacts in a new WW1 exhibition. Visitors can also explore a collection demonstrating how mental health care and the care for those with learning difficulties has changed, experience an impressive display of items, including HLF Listening Point: 'Voices of staff and patients', and view a collection of local fossils.
Please refer to the Heritage Open Days website for booking details and timings.