Heathcote’s Mental Health History
For anyone with a connection to the City of Melville’s Heathcote site in Applecross, the reopening of the Mental Health Exhibition at the Heathcote Museum and Gallery on Saturday, 28 July 2012 will be an opportunity to recall the significant history of the place.
The Heathcote Museum and Gallery is located on the site of the former Point Heathcote Reception Home, later called the Heathcote Hospital. While now a heritage listed public open space and part of a larger cultural precinct with various community facilities, the site holds special memories for many residents, ex-patients and staff and their families.
City of Melville Acting Curator Olimpia Cullity said the re-opening of the Mental Health Exhibition at the gallery gives the visitor an insight into what life at Heathcote Hospital may have been like for patients and staff.
“Through photographs and objects from both the City of Melville Museums and Local History collection and the Mental Health Museum of Western Australia collection, the exhibition shows various aspects of Heathcote throughout its 65 years of existence,” she said.
“The main themes of the display explore mental health treatments, social activities, staff organisation and the building itself, and will be of particular relevance to people with an interest in mental health or the history of the site.”
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The exhibition will open from Saturday, 28 July 2012 at the City of Melville’s Heathcote Museum and Gallery on Duncraig Road in Applecross. Opening hours are Tuesday to Friday, 10.00am to 3.00pm and Saturday and Sunday, 12 noon to 4.00pm.
On Saturday, 4 August 2012 at 2.00pm a free talk, Researching your family history through WA’s mental health services will be given by Dr. Philippa Martyr. Places are limited so please RSVP to 9364 5666 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information click here or call 1300 635 845.