Left Behind Photography exhibition

February 08, 2017 - 12:00pm

Left Behind Photography exhibition

One of the most popular exhibitions in the Lancaster City Museum’s recent history is coming to a close.

Over 10,500 people have so far visited ‘Left Behind: Capturing the Moor Hospital’, a photographic exhibition by Nick Dagger Photography, which showcases a collection of images of Lancaster’s abandoned 19th Century psychiatric hospital, the first asylum in Lancashire.

The exhibition sets the scene of what was left behind after closing its doors in 2000 and before the complex was given a new lease of life and redeveloped as luxury homes in 2013.

One of the highlights of the exhibition has been the display of the ‘Memory Cards’, which has allowed visitors to share their history with the hospital and give an insight into its historic past. These, along with the collection of historical artefacts from the Moor Hospital provided by Lancashire County Council, give emotion and reality to the haunting and powerful images on display.

County Councillor Marcus Johnstone, Lancashire County Council's cabinet member for environment, planning and cultural services, said: "I'm delighted that there has been such a tremendous interest shown in this exhibition, with over 10,000 people visiting it already.”

“It really seems to have captured the imagination of visitors, and we've had some really touching and insightful comments left on the memory wall.”

"The current exhibition is available until Sunday, 19 February, so there's still a chance to visit for anyone that hasn't been able to see it yet, or want to go back again."

Due to the success of her first talk in December 2016, Natalie Mullen, a PhD student at Lancaster University, a second date has been added, and she will be presenting her fascinating talk 'Coping with Confinement: Patient Experience in Lancashire County Asylum’ on Saturday 11 February. The talk goes back to the earlier history of Lancaster Moor Hospital when it was still known as Lancashire County Asylum. Drawing on documents, images and artefacts, the lives of patients are reconstructed, and their stories are told.

The success of this exhibition, which closes on Sunday 19 February, has been a standout moment for local photographer, Nick Dagger. “It’s been such an honour working alongside the Lancaster City Museum fantastic staff on this project and to have the opportunity to display this exhibition in the heart of my home city. I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to each and every person who took the time to visit the museum, for sharing your memories and for leaving such wonderful feedback in the visitors’ book. Also a huge thank you goes to Lancaster Arts City, The Chamber North Lancashire, Lancaster BID and The Bay Radio who’s support have been amazing!”

“Our local museums are under threat of closure at the moment and to see so many people turning out and interacting with my exhibition is fantastic.”

“It’s so important that we support our local museums and that exhibitions draw locals and tourists alike into our beautiful city. I personally can’t wait to see the next exhibition ‘Beyond the Wall’ by Mirador, which will be coming soon.”

The exhibition runs at Lancaster City Museum until 5pm Sunday 19th February 2017. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm and entry is FREE.

Natalie’s talk will take place at Lancaster City Museum on Saturday 11th February 2017 at 13:00. Places are FREE but limited so be sure to book on by calling 01524 64637 or e-mail lancastercitymuseum@lancashire.gov.ukface as soon as possible.

For more information on this exhibition and see other work by Nick Dagger Photography, visit www.nickdaggerphotography.com