Last Friday afternoon I took the opportunity to visit the End of an Era exhibition at Whitchurch Hospital. The hospital opened in 1908, for more than a century providing inpatient mental health care for the people of Cardiff and its surroundings. Now, all clinical staff and current inpatients are about to move to a newly built facility in the grounds of Llandough Hospital in the Vale of Glamorgan.
The exhibition was the work of the Whitchurch Hospital Historical Society, and was excellent. Extracts from the written archives, images and objects were on display, painting a fascinating picture of life inside the hospital over the decades. I hope a permanent home is found for at least some of this in the future. Here, for now, are some of the photographs I took.
Meanwhile, here is what people have been saying about the new Hafan y Coed unit which is about to open at the start of April 2016: