Join us at Gosport Heritage Open Days for an exhibition about how mental health care in Hampshire developed over the last century, based on research and memory sharing by local volunteers. You can also access a virtual exhibition that focuses on stories of local mental health care during WW1
Imposing Victorian buildings housed patients in the Hampshire County Lunatic Asylum (later Knowle Psychiatric Hospital) and the Borough of Portsmouth Lunatic Asylum (later St James’ Hospital). Royal Hospital Haslar and Netley Hospital, both important Ministry of Defence establishments, had their own psychiatric facilities.
The experiences of ‘shell shock’ by so many on the battlefields of WW1 initiated a transformation in approaches to mental health care, over time and with successive legislation.
The stories told through the displays and online show how this hidden part of our social history can raise awareness of changes and help to challenge the stigma around mental health at the present time.