Glenside Museum of the Mind/ Stoke Poke history & Walk over Stoke Park.

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:


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.


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  • Elizabeth

    Pleasant walk and interesting museum. Thanks Katrina

    1 · April 14, 2013

    • Katrina C.

      I think you left you left your waterproof vest on the table at my place in the afternoon after our walk. I only found it today after I had pulled the washing from the clothes airer on top of it.

      1 · April 19, 2013

    • Elizabeth

      Waterproof Vest, I can not remember what I was wearing but I don't own a waterproof vest! It may have been a cotton waistcoat, perhaps my padded one, pale blue and navy! I rarely wear it so I did not miss it, thanks for letting me know!

      April 19, 2013


    very interesting and informative!

    April 14, 2013

  • Jo A.

    Hi Katrina. This look brilliant but I am unable to come along as I have a French exchange student arriving that day. Please could you organise the event again in the future.

    1 · April 7, 2013

    • Katrina C.

      Jo, unsure if it's possible? But Museum open weds & saturdays mornimgs only, well worth a look! :-)

      April 12, 2013

  • Katrina C.

    Elizabeth you can come now, I've saved a place just for you.

    April 6, 2013

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