Glenside Museum of the Mind is in the Church of Bristol’s first purpose built lunatic asylum. Founded in 1861 it lies off Blackberry Hill, between Snuff Mills and Fishponds and is now part of UWE. The Museum contains displays on the history of the lunatic asylum and Stoke Park (as mental institution in its own right); displays on the history of mental treatments, including a strait jacket and a padded cell, from The Asylum and has connections (of a sort) with the famous Dover family and with Stanley Spencer, the painter.
The Museum, also contains fossils from Stoke Park that Steve England, Naturalist/Horticulturist & amateur geologist of Stoke Park has collected over the last 5 years, including fossils from a shallow sea bed from up to 175 million years ago.
Check out website for more details: http://www.glensidemuseum.org.uk/
I'm hoping to get him to do a show & tell, whilst we are there to explain the history personally.
Important: Please Allow 15 minutes before 10, so we can please be on time, as the Museum is only open to 12:30. This allows time to get there and see the museum then finish remainder of the walk afterwards. Leave at ten sharp as we have limited time to get there.
Please note: As the Museum is a charity there is a suggested door donation of £1 please give generously if you enjoy yourselves.
Pit stop for Tea/Coffee etc at Snuff Mills cafe on the way back.
Distance approx 4 miles, steepish slopes, some mud.