Former Lennoxtown hospital set to star in exhibition

THE forgotten stories of a historic hospital will be revealed at a new exhibition this month.

Months of painstaking research has gone into producing ‘Lennox Castle Stories’ - which will run at Glasgow’s Trongate 103 venue from October 23-27 as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival.

The ‘Lennox Castle Certified Institution for Mental Defectives’ was opened on the outskirts of Lennoxtown in 1936 and, at its peak, housed 1,620 patients.

It eventually closed in 2002 and the building currently lies empty having been ravaged by fire.

The exhibition was the brainchild of two learning disability organisations - C-Change and Project Ability - who were awarded £28,600 of lottery funding to research the history of the hospital and interview former staff and patients.

Before the exhibition, the results of the research will be unveiled at C-Change’s 10 Year Celebration Finale Event on Saturday, October 13, in the Glasgow Marriot Hotel.

There will also be a celebration ball - with a buffet, entertainment and dancing - in the evening.

The collected memories will be placed on a dedicated website later this year, preserving the history of the hospital for future generations.

Entry to the exhibition, which is open from 9am-5pm, is free.

Tickets for the ball cost £12 and are available by calling 0141 427 2946.

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