Lennox Castle Stories on the web for future generations

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AN online project which reveals the untold stories of a historic hospital has gone live.

Lennox Castle Stories tells the social history of Lennox Castle Hospital, on the outskirts of Lennoxtown.

The hospital was founded in 1936 as ‘Lennox Castle Certified Institution for Mental Defectives’ and was closed in 2002.

The project, funded by Heritage Scotland, was put together by arts organisation Project Ability and C-Change – a group set up when the hospital closed to help resettle patients into the community.

It tells the forgotten stories of the former residents and staff of the institution, over a decade after the final patients left. Their tales are told through a range of mediums including writing, painting, sculpture, animation and ceramics.

Last week project leaders and participants were invited to Glasgow City Chambers to present their work to councillors.

Councillor Malcolm Cunning, who was at the event, said: “Today has been a very moving and inspirational experience.”

And now the entire project has been put up on the internet for future generations - to ensure that the stories are never forgotten again.

Project Ability director Elizabeth Gibson, Director of Project Ability, added: “It has never been more important to focus on maximising the potential of individuals being supported in the community at a time when funding is being reviewed under the current welfare reforms.”

To find out more about the Lennox Castle project just click on Lennox Castle Stories

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