Art exhibition celebrates 120 years of mental health care in Sunderland

Service Manager, Suzanne Miller and Admin Support, Sandie Markey with drawing of the old Cherry Knowles site which is to be displayed in an exhibition at the Barton Centre in Hopewood Park.

Service Manager, Suzanne Miller and Admin Support, Sandie Markey with drawing of the old Cherry Knowles site which is to be displayed in an exhibition at the Barton Centre in Hopewood Park.

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ARTWORKS are on display to the public as part of an exhibition celebrating a century of mental health care in Sunderland.

The exhibition, being organised by Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW) highlights 120 years of mental health care at the former Cherry Knowle hospital site in Ryhope.

Starting on Monday, February 23, the exhibition is being held in the Coffee Lounge of the Barton Centre at Hopewood Park hospital, also in Ryhope and next to Cherry Knowle, and will feature photographs from staff and members of the public.

The display will also include artefacts from the old hospital, such as furniture and paintings.

NTW Chairman Hugh Morgan Williams said: “This exhibition gives us all an opportunity to see what life was like for patients and staff at Cherry Knowle over the course of more than a century.

“It pays tribute to employees for the dedicated care and support provided for people with mental illness and leaves a lasting legacy for future generations.

“It is a fitting end to 120 years of care at the Cherry Knowle site and a look at how care is provided at the new Hopewood Park hospital which takes up the baton of providing compassionate mental health care.”

The exhibition which will be displayed until Friday, from 9am to 3pm.

NTW’s lease on the Cherry Knowle site will expire on February 28, when it is handed back to the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency.