Jun 21 2012 by Ian Proctor, Harrow Observer
EXPERIENCES of former patients, carers and workers at a long closed psychiatric hospital serving north west London form a new touring exhibition.
Twenty-five volunteers, largely people with mental health issues, worked with mental health charity Mind In Harrow to explore the history of Shenley Hospital for an unusual social history project called Hidden Minds.
Mark Gillham, chief executive of Mind In Harrow, said: “Shenley Hospital was built at a time of fundamental change in attitude to the treatment of people with mental health problems.
“With the knowledge that Shenley is a powerful image in the consciousness many people in north west London and that the last generation of Shenley’s patients are now elderly, Hidden Minds aims to collect the memories of those connected to the institution.”
The Hertfordshire hospital opened in 1934 for patients from Harrow, Brent and parts of Ealing.
The exhibition can be seen at OlympicFest community fun weekend run by St Peter’s Church at West Harrow Recreation Ground in Wilson Gardens on Saturday, June 30, from 1-6pm, and Sunday, July 1, from 1-5pm.
It moves to Harrow Arts Centre in Uxbridge Road, Hatch End, from Wednesday, July 25 to Sunday, July 29, then Harrow Museum and Heritage Centre in Pinner View, Harrow, between Monday, August 6 and Sunday, October 14.