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Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Preserving Springfield's history

Preserving Springfield's history

The Trust has been working with Summerstown182, a local award-winning community history project in Tooting to showcase and capture images of our historic Springfield site prior to beginning our redevelopment of the estate later this year to deliver two new mental health hospitals.

On Monday 13 May the Trust welcomed a group of enthusiastic local historians and community members onto the site and undertook a tour of our derelict buildings in the Orchid Block and old Phoenix wards. The tour covered mental health in the initial early years of the Trust stemming back to the 1850s before ending with our last closed ward in the early 2000s.

The images below represent how far mental health care delivery has changed over the recent years and how important it is for the Trust to deliver state-of-the-art facilities to make mental health inpatient wards the best they can be. You can find out more about our plans to regenerate our site and deliver two new hospitals by following this link

The Trust is keen to ensure the history of the site is kept during the transformation and an artefact room will be delivered as part of the overall development. In the meantime we are keen to see how else we can showcase the history of the site or get the community involved in our redevelopment plans so if you live locally and you have any ideas please email estatemodernisation@swlstg.nhs.uk 

To find out more about how you can get involved in local Tooting history projects check out the Summerstown182 website: https://summerstown182.wordpress.com/