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History of Shelton Hospital to be told in new exhibition at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

  • Shelton Hospital dining room

The history of Shelton Hospital on the outskirts of Shrewsbury is to be told in a new exhibition at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery.

‘The Big House – the history of Shelton Hospital’ opens on 29th April and runs until 24th July.

Custom built and opened in 1845, Shelton Hospital treated over 1,000 patients at its height. Behind the asylum walls, the hospital was a self-sufficient community, with its own cricket and football sides, a band, a farm and even a brewery.

In September 2012, the hospital closed and its role has been taken over by a new mental health village built nearby. The Grade II listed building is now being adapted into housing.

This exhibition brings together some of the archival material, artefacts and memories collected as part of a heritage project during the hospital’s final days which aimed to record the long history of the site.

It is being supported by Shropshire Homes.

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