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Explore the history of mental health care in Portsmouth with this new Heritage project.

Uncovering stories from the Borough of Portsmouth Mental Hospital and researching the impact of World War 1 on mental health care from 1914-18.

Browse online talks and see the work and research gathered by our research group who have been working hard to pull together items of interest that will form the basis of creative workshops in our festival.

Our festival will take place throughout July providing you an opportunity to take part in creative groups bringing ‘Stories of Asylum during the Great War’ to life.

Enrol now to gain access to our opening talks and receive more information as we release it!

Take a look at products from our previous 2017 Heritage project, including the online exhibition ‘100 Years of Mental Health Care in Hampshire’, and a unique set of postcards created from historical images and contemporary photographs from Knowle and St James Psychiatric Hospitals.

Funded by

Heritage Lottery Fund

Mental Wealth Academy

The Good Mental Health Cooperative

The Good Mental Health Cooperative supports people to access community based activities and workshops which help with inclusion, recovery and good mental health. The support is intended for people who have experienced serious life challenges, are socially isolated, anxious or lacking in confidence. This may include experience of mental ill-health, addictions, disability, bereavement, caring responsibilities for example. At the Good Mental Health Cooperative, we believe that connecting with others, and informal learning opportunities, are really important steps to good mental health, bringing a sense of inclusion and challenge, rather than feeling isolated and lacking in purpose.