100 Years of Mental Health Care in Hampshire – exhibition (Event from 2018)

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100 Years of Mental Health Care in Hampshire – exhibition (Event from 2018)

Show / Display

Fort Brockhurst, Gunners Way, Gosport, Hampshire, PO12 4DS

In 1845, the Lunacy Act and the County Asylums Act required every UK county to build an asylum. This exhibition tells how mental health care in Hampshire developed over the last century, based on research and memory sharing by local volunteers.

Imposing Victorian buildings housed patients in the Hampshire County Lunatic Asylum (later Knowle Mental Hospital) and the Portsmouth Borough Asylum (St James’ Hospital). Royal Hospital Haslar and Netley Hospital, both important Ministry of Defence establishments, had their own psychiatric facilities.

Discover how, through time and successive legislation, provision changed from enforced in-patient terms to Community Care in own home; and treatments developed away from pycho-surgical operation (lobotomy) and towards ‘talking therapies’.

Accompanying this hard-hitting exhibition will be a variety of info stands / displays by organisations or local support groups working in the field of mental health today.


Please note that this is an Event from 2018


No Booking Needed


Disabled parking on site by prior arrangement only – 07932 732865.


Good Mental Health Co-operative


MAP/DIRECTIONS (Approximate)

For travel information about how to get to and around Gosport, click here.

This exhibition and supporting displays can be found in the Guardroom within the Keep, first door on right as you come through entrance to fort.

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