Friends of Glenside Hospital Museum receive Heritage Lottery Fund Support.

The Friends of Glenside Hospital Museum announced today that they have been awarded £30,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to support them in interpreting the Museum Collections.

The Museum is located in Bristol in the grounds of the old hospital on Blackberry Hill, Stapleton, and is housed in the original hospital chapel, a Grade II listed building.  The hospital opened as a Lunatic Asylum in 1861 and closed in 1994 after serving the community for 133 years.  The Museum aims to inform, educate and de-stigmatise mental illness and learning difficulties.  It is open free to the public every Wednesday and Saturday morning from 10.00am – 12.30pm.

The Museum has an extensive collection showing the changes and development in the treatment of mental health from 1860s to the late 20th century. This important collection paints a vivid picture of the life of patients and staff in the former Glenside Hospital.  The hospital had some famous visitors including the film star Cary Grant. The artist Stanley Spencer was a medical orderly at the hospital during WW1. The Museum has featured on television and radio, most recently Ruby Wax visited The Museum as part of her television series on the treatment of mental health.  Web site:

The HLF grant will enable the museum volunteers to collect memories of the hospital from staff and patients to enhance the understanding of mental health.  The funding will also support a programme of educational activities and training for volunteers.  Audio interviews will be archived at Bristol Records Office. If you have a story to tell about the hospital or mental health treatment please do get in touch with the Project Manager Stella Man through the Museum 0117 9652829 or email

“We are delighted to get the HLF grant.  There is no health without mental health and the grant will help us connect more people to the past and help give them a sense of identity.   We are passionate about preserving our heritage for future generations at Glenside Hospital Museum.” explained Dr Ihsan Mian chair of the Friends of the Glenside Hospital Museum.

Commenting on HLF’s reasons for awarding the grant, Head of South West Nerys Watts said: “The history of the treatment of mental health conditions, although fascinating in many aspects, has been largely hidden until recent years, so we are very pleased to be able to support this project, which will ensure the collection and preservation of many important stories providing an insight into this key area of healthcare.”

Notes to editors

The Glenside Hospital Museum is run by a group for volunteers dedicated to preserving our heritage for future generation.  The museum is located in the grounds of UWE on the Glenside Campus, Blackberry Hill, Stapleton, Bristol, BS16 1DD.  It is open to the public every Wednesday and Saturday morning from 10.00am – 12.30pm.  Web-site:

Dr Mian is the Chair of the Friends of the Glenside Hospital Committee. The Heritage Lottery Project is managed by Stella Man (Involving Residents In Solutions) on behalf of the Friends of Glenside Hospital committee and the oral history training will be delivered by Mary Ingoldby.

Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generation to take part in, learn from and enjoy.  From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage.  HLF has supported over 30,000 project and allocated £4.6billion across the UK.  Website:

For further information, images and interviews please contact Stella Man: 07968 869840








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