Posts Tagged ‘News’

Staff Party – 11th March 2016

July 8th, 2015

Whitchurch party poster

Whitchurch Hospital Historical Society is on Twitter

June 19th, 2015

As of earlier this week we now have a Twitter account:

@WhitchurchHosp

Please follow and tweet

Thank you

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Events to Mark the Closure of Whitchurch Hospital

June 11th, 2015

Apologies for the lack of posts on the website for the last number of months.

 

As some of you may be aware, Whitchurch Hospital is due to close at the end of April 2016

There are a number of events planned to mark the closure of the Hospital:

 7th – 11th of March 2016 planned as a week of events similar to the week we had to mark the Centenary of the Hospital in 2008

As part of this week we would hope to have an exhibition in the main hall and a party for staff members both past and present.

On Friday the 11th of March a staff ticketed event is being planned, more information to follow.

Please keep an eye out for further details which will be posted as they are made available

If you have any ideas, suggestions or artifacts/photos for the exhibition please get in touch through this website

Thank you

Photopgraphs from WW1

November 8th, 2014
Verandah at Whitchurch Hospital during WW1

Verandah at Whitchurch Hospital during WW1

Richard Berry during the 1920ies

Richard Berry during the 1920s

Whitchurch Hospital Chapel during WW1

Whitchurch Hospital Chapel during WW1

Back in August a comment was left on the website by Jon Langley:

Hello,
I could not find a contact e-mail on your website but would you like a scanned picture of the Hospital taken I think around 1916? The shot is of the Verandah and is entitled M.I., Military Hospital, Whitchurch, Glam. I also have a shot of the Church.
Jon

Jon’s mother recently passed away and in her photo collection were a number of postcards that his grandfather, Richard Berry, had left to her.

Richard Herbert Berry was a solider in WW1 and was invalided out of the service at the end of 1915. Jon believes he may have spent some time recuperating at Whitchurch as there are 2 postcards of the hospital and 4 of the city. Richard was a Mancunian and a member of the 7th Bn Manchester Regiment:

http://www.themanchesters.org/7th%20batt.htm

It would seem logical that’s how he came to have the postcards, but they are not annotated.

Jon does not believe his grandfather is in any of the pictures.
According to his military records, he returned from Egypt on the 5th February 1916 and was discharged from the service on the 26th May 1916. If he spent time at
Whitchurch, it was possibly during that 3 month period.

Jon’s grandfather’s full name is Richard Herbert Berry, born 17th February 1879. See photo above of him taken around 1920.

 

If anyone has any information about Richard, we would be grateful to add it to his family history profile.

I wonder if the soldiers at Whitchurch and maybe other hospitals were given postcards as a memento of their time or possibly the Hospital sold them?

Does anyone have any further information?

Thank you so much to Jon for this post and photos and a special thank you to Richard Herbert Berry for keeping the photos

 

 


			

Book Launch

November 1st, 2014

Behind Many Doors cover 300Behind Many Doors: Writing from Whitchurch Psychiatric Hospital
A vivid and revealing portrait of an Edwardian psychiatric hospital, created by those who know it most intimately
Tuesday 4 November, 7.00 pm on the Glanfa Stage, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay
Join Literature Wales on Tuesday 4 November for the launch of Behind Many Doors, an anthology of writing produced as part of The Whitchurch Project – a creative writing project marking the forthcoming closure of Whitchurch Psychiatric Hospital in north Cardiff. Sometimes shocking, often moving, always illuminating, this collection of writing will compel all those who turn its pages to think anew about the mental healthcare of the past and the future and to look again at a building that has impacted upon the lives of so many.
The Whitchurch Project was administered by Literature Wales, and led by writer and historian, Phil Carradice and writer and workshop facilitator, Briony Goffin. With Whitchurch Hospital’s closure on the horizon, the project was designed to give all those who have had a relationship with the hospital the opportunity to explore and express their experiences through creative writing.
Behind Many Doors is just a selection of the work that grew out of workshops, one-to-one writing sessions, interviews, as well as individual submissions. It is a vivid and revealing portrait of an Edwardian psychiatric hospital in Cardiff, created by those who know it most intimately. This unique anthology seeks to capture, preserve and shine a light on what Whitchurch Hospital has meant and still means to service users, staff members, visitors, carers and members of the local community across its long and complex history.
In her foreword to the anthology Briony Goffin said: “Sometimes psychiatric hospitals feel like secret worlds, enshrouded in mystery and rumour, regarded with trepidation; particularly those old redbrick institutions – the iconic gothic structure, beheld from afar, set alone amidst sweeping grounds and broad mature trees. The Whitchurch Creative Writing Project sought to shine light on that world… Together, these writers have produced a meaningful and moving legacy that not only offers intimate, historical insight into a particular world but could even assist in the way we think about the nature of hospitals, psychiatry, and the provision of holistic mental healthcare in the future.”

The anthology will be launched at a special event on Tuesday 4 November at 7.00 pm on the Glanfa Stage, Wales Millennium Centre, in the company of Phil Carradice and Briony Goffin and with readings from some of the contributors.
For further information, contact Literature Wales on: 029 2047 2266 / post@literaturewales.org.

Free event, all welcome.

Copies of Behind Many Doors will be available to buy at the launch event and afterwards from Literature Wales. All proceeds raised from the book with go back into literary projects in the fields of metal health and writing for wellbeing.

Thanks to Hollie from Llenyddiaeth Cymru/Literature Wales for this post

Whitchurch Hospital League of Friends

October 14th, 2014
Upcoming Fundraising Events

Upcoming Sales

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please see poster above for Whitchurch Hospital League of Friends Booksale and Christmas Fayre

Fundraising Events 2014, at St Mary’s Church Hall, Church Road, Whitchurch village

Booksale

Friday and Saturday 31st of October and 1st of November, 10am – 4pm

Christmas Fayre

Saturday 29th of November 1:30pm

 

World War I Tablecloth

September 30th, 2014

I was having a look through my Twitter feed one day and came across a tweet about a tablecloth from a Cardiff Hospital during WW1 – This got me curious to find out more as Whitchurch was used as a Hospital during WW1 – The Welsh Metropolitan War Hospital. The initial tweet came from Elen Phillips, Principal Curator at St Fagans for Contemporary and Community History back in January. Following a few exchanges of tweets and then emails we realised that the tablecloth was indeed from Whitchurch and had the year 1917 embroidered on it together with names of staff – Matron Raynes and soldiers.

The tablecloth has a very interesting story as told by Ray Holman in his blog:

http://www.costume-designer.co.uk/therapy-cloth/

Elen kindly offered the Historical Society members an opportunity to visit St Fagans and see the tablecloth which some of us took up. It is a beautiful cloth and has many staff names on it including Col Goodall and Matron Raynes.

Some photos of the tablecloth after St Fagans restored it:

Restored WW1 Tablecloth

Restored WW1 Tablecloth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Restored WW1 Tablecloth

These are some of the names that can be seen on the tablecloth:

J. Drummond

W Jones 4th Worcesters

Dr H Thorps RFA

E. W. Ilford

D Kozroski 4th (?)G M. Rifles

Corp J. Cork 2nd Grenadier Guards

Pte F. Astin (?)5th Staffs

Pte S. Bradshaw 1st Lancs JVS

O. Standish 4th KOYL

S. Walker RFA

Pte Howard 24th HF

H. Bentley 11th Cheshire

Pte E. Sheffield 7th Kings Own

Pte J [can’t decipher surname) 2nd Royal Sussex

L/cpl. F. Richardson 8th Lincolns

G. E. Head 2nd Middlesex

(?)Selfield 1st Coldstream Guards

Pte J. F. Davies RAMC

(?)W. Cooper 14th Northumberland Fusiliers

Can you see any other names? If you have further information please get in touch.

Thank you to all involved in this story especially Elen Phillips. Photos courtesy of St Fagans.

Secrets from The Asylum

August 28th, 2014

This is a series of two episodes on ITV looking at some celebrities going on a personal journey to find out how 19th century lunatic asylums shaped the lives of their families.

Here is some further information:

http://www.itv.com/presscentre/ep1week34/secrets-asylum

If you want to watch the programmes, here is a link to the itv player:

https://www.itv.com/itvplayer/secrets-from-the-asylum/series-1

Road to Ruin

The two programmes are definitely worth watching, let us know what you think.

Thanks to Tim Goosey for this post

Hidden Now Heard / Clywed y Cyn-Cuddiedig Community

July 14th, 2014
I heard about this project through twitter and thought it would be good to write a post about it.
Hidden Now Heard is a Heritage Lottery Funded project run by Mencap Cymru. Collecting oral histories from long-stay hospitals.
Over the next three years the project will collect the oral histories of people who lived in six long stay hospital sites across Wales. We will also interview former staff and family members of those who lived there.

Do you know anyone who used to work in:

Hensol
Ely Hospital in Cardiff
Llanfrechfa Grange
St David’s in Carmarthen
Bryn-Y-Neuadd
Denbigh Hospital

A new project aimed at collecting the stories of 80 individuals who lived in these long stay hospitals will begin shortly. The majority of these stories will be from people with a learning disability but we also want to interview former staff and family members of patients.

These stories will be archived in St Fagan’s Museum and six regional exhibitions will be held based on interpretations of the stories over the next two and bit years.

Also if anyone wants to volunteer for us as a researcher, photographer, exhibition assistant or anything else please contact us.

These histories will be interpreted into six, temporary regional exhibitions held at Cardiff Story Museum, Swansea Museum, Carmarthen Museum, Newport Museum, Gwynedd Museum and Wrexham Museum.

Please get in touch directly with Hidden Now Heard.

At the end of the project all the stories will be deposited in the archive at St Fagan’s, the Museum of Welsh Life.

 

Inside ‘The Asylum’: Eerie images of abandoned Victorian hospital

May 6th, 2014
  • St John’s Asylum in Lincolnshire – which has been derelict since 1990 – was known for its electric shock treatment
  • Photographs captured by student Jonathon Tattersall after he visited now-derelict hospital which was built in 1852
  • Administration of hospital passed to the NHS in 1948 and by 1960s it was known by final name of St John’s Hospital

With paint peeling from the walls and doors left to rot, these eerie photographs provide a fascinating insight inside an abandoned mental hospital.

St John’s Asylum in Lincolnshire was known for its electric shock treatment – and rife with stories about inmates committing suicide in their padded cells.

These pictures were captured by student Jonathon Tattersall, 22, after he visited the now-derelict hospital to get a closer look of what remained inside.

Eerie: St John's Asylum in Lincolnshire was known for its electric shock treatment - and was rife with stories about inmates committing suicide in their padded cells

Thank you to Martin Ford and Tim Goosey for this post