Last week we held our Change Minds exhibition at The Forum in Norwich. The week started with our opening event where we welcomed friends and colleagues to celebrate the culmination of 2 years of the project. Staff from project partners Norfolk Record Office, Together for Mental Wellbeing, Norfolk Library and Information Services, UEA, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust and NSFT Inspire came along to support Change Minds members and to see the work produced during the project. We were also joined by Liz Ellis, Policy Adviser Communities and Diversity (Participation and Learning Team) at the Heritage Lottery Fund, who fund Change Minds.
The exhibition was a great success and we were pleased to meet a number of visitors who had a personal connection with St Andrew’s Hospital, including people who had worked at the asylum, those who’s relatives had been patients there, and others who live in the flats in the hospital building now. We learnt a lot about the role the hospital played in the community as well as people’s thoughts on how mental health care has changed in Norfolk since the 1880s. We created a comments wall to record visitors’ responses.
The exhibition will tour local libraries in North Norfolk and Norwich during 2018.