About the project
Lennox Castle Hospital: 1936 – 2002
Lennox Castle Stories is a social history project led by a group of ex- residents of Lennox Castle Hospital. Lennox Castle Hospital was a large institution on the outskirts of Glasgow built to house people with learning disabilities. Originally built in 1936 to house 1200 people; at its peak in the 1970’s it housed almost 1700 people. It was conceived as a “model” self-contained community with its own kitchens, recreational facilities, church and large, segregated wards which each housed 60 people.
Throughout the 1990’s a phased closure of the hospital was carried out and a planned resettlement of the residents implemented. In 1998, Greater Glasgow Health Board sought approval from the then Scottish Office to close the hospital by 2002. Lennox Castle Hospital did finally close its doors in June 2002.
Securing funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund the arts organisation Project Ability and supported living organisation C-Change have formed a partnership to support people with learning disabilities who lived in Lennox Castle Hospital to share their stories of life in the “Castle”.
Employing a huge range of media including text, painting, print, ceramics, sculpture, textiles and animation, a group of ex-residents have come together in a series of weekly sessions at Project Ability’s studio in Glasgow to share their memories.
The final legacy of this project is a website, film and book.
Many, many thanks are given to the project funder The Heritage Lottery and to the ex-residents, ex-staff, family members and carers who have contributed so much to this project and shared their story with great dignity and humour.