Mental Health Museum reopens asylum collection at NHS home in Wakefield

By Culture24 Reporter | 21 May 2014

The collection from the 19th century West Riding Lunatic Asylum has reopened to the public at its NHS home in Yorkshire

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The Mental Health Museum has reopened in Yorkshire© Mental Health Museum, Wakefield
Coinciding with last week’s Mental Health Awareness Week, the Mental Health Museum – a collection of mental-health related objects, focusing on the former West Riding Lunatic Asylum – has opened at the NHS’s Fieldhead site in Wakefield.

A photo of a brown wood sculpture of a man attached to a light blue museum wall
© Mental Health Museum, Wakefield
The museum originally opened in 1974, when it was known as the Stephen G Beaumont Museum. It includes a padded cell from the asylum, which was built in 1818.

“The museum will focus on engaging and educating visitors and working with local people to promote understanding, combat stigma and break down barriers to wellbeing,” said Cara Sutherland, the museum’s curator.

“Over the next 12-18 months the museum will be constantly evolving and developing its collection based on feedback from visitors.

“Our diverse collection has been put together to provoke debates surrounding contemporary mental health care and to promote understanding, empowerment and respect.

“Each object, story and every reaction to them can be part of the mission to combat social inequality, prejudice, stigma and ignorance.”

Local schools, colleges and universities have been involved in the process, with bespoke visits and in-reach activities organised.

  • Mental Health Museum, Fieldhead Hospital, Wakefield. Open Wednesday-Friday 10am-4pm. Admission free.

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A photo of a piece of medical apparatus in front of a turquoise museum wall
© Mental Health Museum, Wakefield
A photo of various tubes from a piece of medical apparatus
© Mental Health Museum, Wakefield
A photo of various black twiddle sticks on a piece of wood-clad medical apparatus
© Mental Health Museum, Wakefield
A photo of a plan for a mental asylum attached to a light blue wall of a museum
© Mental Health Museum, Wakefield
A photo of a sign for a mental health museum
© Mental Health Museum, Wakefield
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As a self-proclaimed wellbeing activist with lived experience of mental ill-health, I am congratulate you for having the vision to develop a museum dedicated to challenginging stigma and promoting wellness. I look forward to visiting you myself one day!

I wish you (ad)venture well!
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