The Graylingwell Heritage Project has explored the history of Graylingwell Hospital in Chichester, from a number of unique perspectives. The aim of the project has been to capture moments in the history of the hospital and to give voice to those whose stories had not been heard, dispelling some of the myths around mental illness. The community art element of the project represents an attempt to find a broad, human perspective on life at the hospital
right up to the present.
The artwork has been made using a variety of techniques including cyanotype (photographic blue print), printmaking and photography all of which relate to the history of the site. Made with patients in the remaining NHS wards around the site and community members, the artwork represents the ‘here and now’ with many of the pieces expressing individual reflections on mental health difficulties and recovery. These images have been set against material from the time of the hospital’s opening in 1897 including portraits of the first patients and the original plan for the building, arranged to create an impressionistic collage of life in the hospital past and present.
This piece of artwork was made as part of the Graylingwell Heritage Project and funded by HLF. There are over 500 images here created by the Pallant House Gallery Creative Team: Lynne Firmager, Kate Simms, Tess Springall and Rachel Johnston alongside staff and patients at the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust: The Oaklands Centre; The Chichester Centre: Hazel Ward, Fir Ward and Pine Ward; The Harold Kidd Unit: Grove Ward and the CAPITAL Project,as well as members of the Chichester community.