St Lawrence’s Hospital, originally known as the Cornwall Lunatic Asylum, is being pulled down but there are many memories and stories attached to the place. Between the early 19th century and the 1980’s the hospital was the provider of inpatient care for people in Cornwall suffering from mental distress or disorder. Many of us will have known someone who spent time ‘up Bodmin’ and yet we may have very different ideas about what life behind the walls was really like.
Asylum Stories is collating a social history of the hospital by working with former patients, staff, carers and members of the local community.
This project is being led by mental health workers from Cornwall NHS Foundation Trust and academic staff from the Institute of Cornish Studies who are working in close collaboration with creative practitioners.