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Glenside Hospital, main building, front.jpg
Part of the Glenside Hospital building (now Faculty of Health and Social Care, UWE)
General information
Town or city Bristol
Country England
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Completed 1861
Design and construction
Architect Henry Crisp

Glenside campus is the home of the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences at the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol. It is located on Blackberry Hill in the suburb of Fishponds. Its clocktower is a prominent landmark, visible from the M32 motorway.


Bristol Lunatic Asylum

By 1844, St Peter's Hospital for Pauper Lunatics, in what is now Castle Park, was overcrowded and not fit-for-purpose. The Corporation therefore ordered a new hospital to be built outside of the city in Stapleton. Opened in 1861, Bristol Lunatic Asylum was designed by Henry Crisp and built next to the co-located Stapleton Work House (now Blackberry Hill Hospital).

Beaufort War Hospital

In 1914, the hospital was requisitioned by the War Office and renamed Beaufort War Hospital. 931 patients were transferred to other asylums in the West of England, with 45 patients remaining to work in the hospital grounds. Stanley Spencer worked as a medical orderly at the Beaufort from 1915–16.

Glenside Hospital

In 1919, following the cessation of hostilities, the hospital returned to its former mental health briefly, later becoming known as Glenside Hospital under the NHS reforms of the 1950s.

Blackberry Hill Hospital

In January 1993, Glenside and neighbouring Manor Park Hospital merged to become the jointly named Blackberry Hill Hospital. Patients of Glenside were assessed for capability, with many placed within the Care in the Community programme, while the residual were moved into new buildings constructed on the former Manor Park site for their long term care.

Avon and Gloucestershire College of Health

From 1992 the hospital began closing wards, and the site was converted into the Avon and Gloucestershire College of Health in a phased programme over three years. The final patients left Glenside in 1994.

UWE Glenside Campus

In 1996, the Avon and Gloucestershire College of Health and Bath and the Swindon College of Health Studies joined with the University of the West of England to purchase the former Glenside site, and converted it into the UWE Faculty of Health and Social Care, currently the faculty of Health and Applied Sciences.

==Images for kids

The buildings on the site include several Grade II listed buildings:

  • ()
  • () (now the white entrance)
  • () (now Glenside Museum)
  • () (now the blue entrance)


Old Chapel, now Glenside Museum

The museum, founded by Dr Donal F. Early, used to be situated in the balcony of the canteen, but has since re-located to the Grade 2 listed Glenside Chapel. The museum's collection consists of a wide range of paraphernalia and images from the life of Glenside and of the local Learning Disability Hospitals of the Stoke Park Group and the Burden Neurological Institution. The museum charges no entrance fee, but depends on donations from the public, and currently opens every Wednesday 10am-12pm and Saturdays 10am-12pm.


Records of Glenside Hospital and the original Bristol Lunatic Asylum are held at Bristol Archives (Ref. 40513) ([1] online catalogue).


The Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences includes the following departments:

  • Department of Nursing and Midwifery
  • Department of Biological, Biomedical and Analytical Sciences
  • Department of Allied Health Professions
  • Department of Health and Social Sciences

The department hosts both the whole systems action research group Centre for Social and Organisational Learning as Action Research (SOLAR) and the Centre for Local Democracy, which is a multi Faculty research centre of the University.


The Lodge at Glenside

The faculty offers full and part-time courses at all levels, from BSc and Diploma courses to MSc and PhD, plus a wide range of continuing education, in the areas of Midwifery, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Radiography, Social Work and other health-related professions. Many students undertake placements as part of their course within the Avon, Gloucestershire & Wiltshire Strategic Health Authority.


Straightened Glenside
Aerial photograph of Glenside, Bristol

The campus provides a range of facilities including:

  • Student One Stop Shop
  • Library
  • Interprofessional Simulation Suite
  • Human Analysis Laboratory (HAL)
  • Imaging Suite
  • Nursing Skills Simulation Suite
  • Information Technology suites
  • Learning Technologies Technical Unit
  • Catering Services
  • Simulation Crime Scene House
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