Hellingly Hospital - The East Sussex Mental Institution.

Hellingly Hospital - The East Sussex Mental Institution.
Hellingly, a Victorian hospital on a grand scale. Conceived in 1897, with landscaped surroundings high on a hill with therapeutic views across the countryside. An enclosed community, providing for itself...patients and staff lives exisiting in familiar corridors and buildings.
Closed down in the eary 1990's and left decaying ever since.

Friday, 18 February 2011

A Heavy Atmosphere

I worked at hellingly 1984-1986 and met my husband there.
The staff were as institutionalised as some of the patients and many senior nurses were seen to never leave the social club! We visited several times once it had closed down and before it had been wrecked by vandals. It holds many stories and a heavy atmosphere. I'd like to know what happened to all of the museum artefacts(straight jackets, old ECT equipment,patients clogs, work equipment, wash bowls etc.) all of which shortly before the hospital closed down were on display next to the old hairdressers shop. i remember that one of the nurse tutors was involved in setting it up.
Where did it all go?

The hairdressers was a real time warp with a lovely display of plastic flowers and pictures of haircuts from the 6o's and 70's on display.
When we visited many staff records were left behind and proved to be interesting reading!!!!

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