Collections from the Asylum

Collections from the Asylum

Collections from the Asylum presents evocative objects and artworks connected with the former Mayday Hills mental hospital in Beechworth.


Saturday 5 September - Sunday 29 November


LibraryMuseum, Corner of Kiewa and Swift Streets, Albury



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Past Lives, Present Tense

Mayday Hills, the former mental hospital in Beechworth, has an iconic presence in the Border region. For several years, a cross-disciplinary research team has been collecting data including interviews, photographs and artefacts, creating artworks and publications in response to the history of the site.

This exhibition presents objects from a range of private collections connected with the Mayday Hills site, some of which have not been seen in public before, along with artistic work by Alison Watts, Eileen Clark and Jennifer Munday. It represents the outcomes of various aspects of the researchers’ work: social history, archival research and the arts. This research continues, and visitors are encouraged to leave their own recollections of the site when visiting the exhibition. We can never know enough about our past, even if it’s an uncomfortable one.

Join us for the launch of this new exhibition, online on Wednesday 9 September

Collections from the Asylum extends the 2016 exhibition Up Top: A Sense of Place for Mayday Hills Hospital. It is a partnership between Charles Sturt University, Southern Cross University and Albury LibraryMuseum.

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