Exhibitions

Whittingham Lives: Hidden Histories - Alternative Futures

Black and white photo of Whittingham Hospital nurses

13 October - 25 November 2018
Whittingham Lives is an exhibition that forms part of a wider project exploring the history and legacy of Preston's Whittingham Asylum, from its opening in 1873, through to its final demolition in 2016.

The exhibition is a creative response combining personal experiences with social, cultural and historical observations. The aim is to examine changing attitudes towards mental distress, past, present and future. 

Whittingham Asylum was a psychiatric hospital in the parish of Whittingham, near Preston, Lancashire. The hospital opened in 1873 as the 4th Lancashire County Asylum and grew to be the largest mental hospital in Britain.

Whittingham Lives is a two year arts and heritage project looking at the culture and legacy of Whittingham Asylum from its opening in 1873, to its closure in the mid 1990s, to its demolition in 2016.

Photograph: EM Sister Whittingham Hospital © The Harris

Lead Image: James McCartney Pencil Sketch LY, Guild Lodge Service User

 

 

 

 

 

WL Logos strip July 2018

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Drop into the Harris Museum to meet artists from The Birley Studios in Preston and talk to them about their work.  Work will be on display for you to find around the building and events take place as follows:

11.00am Martin Hamblen performs FoolooF

2.00pm Tao Lashley-Burnley peforms Backchat

3.00pm Artist Talk by Benedict Rutherford

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