The Mental Health Museum at Fieldhead officially opened its doors to members of the public on Tuesday (13 May). The newly refurbished museum boasts a fascinating collection of objects that take visitors on a journey through the history of mental health care from the early 19th century through to the present day.
The museum aims to combat mental health stigma and promote understanding, empowerment and respect towards mental ill-health.
Objects featured in the museum chart the history of mental health care in the area, starting with the West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum in Wakefield which later became known as the Stanley Royd Hospital. Visitors can take a look around a range of exhibits including one of last fully constructed padded cells that remain in the country, original patient records from the asylum, restraining equipment and photographs dating from 1862.
The museum will also play host to a series of exhibitions, the first of which has been developed alongside the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and will see artwork created by people who use mental health services in Wakefield on display. The Vivify project offers older people in Wakefield who have experienced mental health difficulties the chance to take part in interactive arts workshops to express their thoughts and feelings creatively. You can find out more about the exhibition by visiting the museum’s news page.
The museum is free to enter and is open to members of the public from 10am-4pm, Wednesday to Friday. For more information on visiting the museum visit the website. Alternatively, you can contact the museum on 01924 328 654 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.