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Explore the history of Whittingham Asylum through creative writing

Posted on - 30th April, 2018 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Grimsargh, Preston News, Things to Do in and around Preston, What's On in Preston
Poet and writer Jhilmil Breckenridge, who is leading the creative writing workshops. Pic: Jhilmil Breckenridge
Poet and writer Jhilmil Breckenridge, who is leading the creative writing workshops Pic: Jhilmil Breckenridge

A series of free creative writing sessions will explore the history of a former mental asylum in Preston.

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The Creative Writing & Unearthing Asylum History workshops form part of the Whittingham Lives project, which is researching, exploring and celebrating the culture and legacy of Whittingham Asylum.

The mental health hospital operated on the edge of the city from 1873 to 2016. It was once one of the largest mental health institutions in Europe, but is now being redeveloped for housing.

Read more: History of Whittingham mental hospital to be explored

The workshops will be led by poet and writer, Jhilmil Breckenridge. They are particularly suitable for service users, caregivers and members of the public who are interested in Whittingham Lives.

Jhilmil said, “Expect writing prompts, plenty of poring through archive files, and inspiration to create your own writing.”

Inside the old music hall in Whittingham Pic: scrappyNW
Inside the old music hall in Whittingham Pic: scrappyNW

The creative writing workshops will run on Thursdays between 10.30am and 12.30pm, from 3 May to 7 June at Lancashire Archives on Bow Lane.

Limited spaces are still available. To reserve your place email contact@whittinghamlives.org.uk, or for more information contact Sue Flowers, Project Manager, on 07940 775290.

More events will be taking place throughout the year, and the project continues to encourage people to submit stories and photos of their experiences of Whittingham via the Whittingham Lives website.

Do you have any memories of Whittingham Asylum? Have you been involved in Whittingham Lives? Let us know in the comments below.

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