Exterior of the West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum, which later became Stanley Royd hospital.Photo courtesy of John Goodchild

Postcard of the exterior of Stanley Royd hospital (West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum,). Photo courtesy of John Goodchild

Photos provided from the Wakefield library services photographic collection

Welcome to the Mental Health Museum

Opening soon! We are delighted to announce that the Mental Health Museum will be opening on Tuesday 13th May to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week (12 – 18 May 2014). For more information on the museum’s opening, visit the news page and ‘Like’ us on Facebook for updates and ‘behind the scenes’ exclusives.

The Mental Health Museum is a unique museum in the heart of the Fieldhead site in Wakefield. It is run by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

The museum houses a remarkable collection of mental health related objects that span the history of mental health care from the early 19th century through to the present day.

The museum is going through a fantastic and exciting programme of development and is changing as we speak.

We are currently working on redesigning the museum’s displays, the education programme, the temporary exhibition programme, our out-reach work and much more.

Please explore our website for more information about the museum and the work that we do.

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Please note: The museum is currently closed due to exciting developments. For more information about the museum closure and its refurbishment please familiarise yourself with the museum’s website or contact the museum on 01924 328 654 or

Page last updated on January 28th, 2014