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Meanwood Hall or Meanwood Park Hospital, Leeds

Related to Meanwood Park, but no longer within the park boundaries, was Meanwood Park Hospital. It was a hospital for the ‘mentally handicapped’ from 1919 to the 1980s. This was the historical legal term that encompassed learning difficulties and mental health needs, and not a term we would use now. To help framing this with your class, you may wish to talk about ground rules, and look out for language around ‘otherness’ and difference linked to disability and mental health.


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