A chance to look inside various buildings of the former Royal Derwent Hospital, which closed in 2000. Though derelict, the buildings provide a fascinating insight into practices and facilities used to treat people with disabilities and mental health issues over a period spanning more than 150 years. Willow Court & Royal Derwent Hospital currently comprise approximately 16 buildings set beside the Lachlan River.
Walking through the grounds and buildings is like stepping back in time when people with mental illness and disabilities were institutionalised. There is a vast range of architectural designs dating as far back as 1830s to the more modern Wards of around 1960.
Through the open day, it was hoped to raise awareness of the site and support for its preservation and development.
Planned activities included:
- Guided tours of Willow Court
- Art and photographic displays
- Story telling and performances
The Barracks - 1830