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The Somerset and Bath Lunatic Asylum 1848-1918 : Exhibition

The Somerset and Bath Lunatic Asylum 1848-1918 : Exhibition

Opening on Saturday 29th January, The Bishop’s Palace is hosting an exhibition which tells the stories of ‘The Asylum for the Lunatic Poor’ that was established outside of Wells in the 1840s. The lives of the asylum’s patients and staff are explored through an exceptional series of photographs and artefacts.

This exhibition has been curated to highlight the lives of the 3000+ patients and staff that were involved in the Asylum during its 70-year history. It is a story of compassion, deep respect for each individual, and ground-breaking medical and psychiatric care. The lives and histories of many Asylum residents were effectively ‘forgotten’ until this project was undertaken.

This exhibition was originally displayed at Wells & Mendip Museum in 20221 and comes to The Bishop’s Palace with additional stories and research.
Entry: Entrance to this exhibition is included with any valid ticket for The Bishop’s Palace.

Tickets to visit the Bishop's Palace and Gardens are £16 an adult, £8.00 a child (aged 5-17) and £12.50 for students or Blue Lights Card Holders (valid student card and Blue Lights Card must be shown on arrival). Under 5s are free. Our full price tickets include 12 months of return visits from the date of your first visit.
The Bishop’s Palace Somerset BA5 2PD
Sat 29 Jan to Sun 20 March
Contact telephone: 01749988111 Call to check latest times or cancellations.
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