Bodmin Asylum Project  held September 2014

Bodmin Asylum Project held September 2014
Bodmin Town Museum

By: Bodmin Town Museum and Asylum Stories Team
Added: 30 September 2014

Following our news article of 6th May about the Bodmin Asylum Project, the following dates during September were organised for the project.  See below for full details of the event.

The Asylum Stories team had been collecting memories of St Lawrence’s Hospital (formerly Cornwall County Asylum) and  at the Shire Hall, Mount Folly, Bodmin from 22nd – 27th September 2014  these stories were shared.

Monday 22nd Sept

 2-4pm CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP – Anna Maria Murphy

Cornish wordsmith Anna Maria (Kneehigh Theatre) led  a workshop for ex St Lawrence’s patients and family members. Participants were offered a chance to use a range of creative techniques to help them record their memories. 

Tuesday 23rd Sept

11am-1pm CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP – Emma Mansfield

Bodmin based author and artist Emma led this workshop for anyone with memories to share of St Lawrence’s.

2.30-4pm SILVANUS TREVAIL – ARCHITECT AND MAN OF VISION–Hazel Harradence

A talk was given by local historian and author Hazel about the man who designed the Foster Building. Hazel brought relevant archival material relating to Silvanus Trevail for browsing 

Wednesday 24th Sept

1pm OPEN SESSION

2.30-4pm BRIEF HISTORY OF ST LAWRENCE’S HOSPITAL 1824-1986 – Tony Sandry

Talk by the former administrator of St Lawrence’s about the hospital’s history 

Friday 26th Sept

12-4pm  OPEN SESSION AND OPTIONAL WORKSHOP – A RECIPE FOR MENTAL WELLBEING

Emma Mansfield  led this workshop with support from the Asylum Stories team. 

Saturday 27th Sept

10am-2.30pm  OPEN SESSION AND CAKE COMPETITION

A cake competition was held – the one requirement was that the entry wasin some way inspired by St Lawrence’s. All competitors were asked to give  a brief description of how their cake related to the hospital.