Project puts spotlight on former hospital

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RECOLLECTIONS, stories and photos of a former hospital will feature on a website and book to be launched later this year.

‘Remembering Lennox Castle Hospital’ is a Lottery-funded project that aims to give ex-residents and staff the chance to tell their stories about life in the ‘Castle’.

And an appeal has been launched for old photos and memorabilia by the organisers Project Ability and C-Change.

The hospital, on the outskirts of Lennoxtown, was opened in 1936 as the ‘Lennox Castle Certified Institution for Mental Defectives’.

Lennox Castle originally housed 1,200 patients with mental health issues.

Capacity grew to 1,620 in the 1970s, before a slow decline led to its eventual closure in 2002.

Many residents were resettled in the community - mostly in and around Glasgow.

The hospital had provided employment for many years for hundreds of local residents.

Anyone who has any photographs, objects or other memorabilia relating to Lennox Castle Hospital is asked to contact Sheryl Walker at C-Change on 0141 427 2946 or e-mail sheryl.walker@c-change.org.uk.

Alternatively contact Elisabeth Gibson at Projectability on 0141 552 2822 or e-mail director@project-ability.co.uk

All items contributed will be returned.

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