High Royds Memorial Garden AGM


A film is to be made based on 'The Ballroom', a novel by author Anna Hope, which is centred on the ballroom of High Royds Hospital. The novel was inspired by the then West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum and by the fact that Anna's great great grandfather was a patient there. Since its publication in 2016 the novel has received much publicity and many favourable reviews.

Anna will be coming to speak to an Open Meeting of the Friends of High Royds Memorial Garden following a short AGM on Wednesday 26 April at 7.30pm in the Methodist Church Hall. She will be accompanied by Aisling Walsh who is writing the script for the film. The film will be based upon a love story which, whilst fictional, gives a fascinating insight into the early days of an asylum which eventually became one of the largest in the country. It highlights in a moving way the then segregation of men and women, and some of the prevailing national attitudes of the time.

Anna's research was helped by Friends of High Royds Memorial Garden Management Committee member Mark Davis, who wrote 'Voices from the Asylum' and 'West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum - Through Time' which have led to much publicity, including national TV and educational DVDs, for the Lunatic Asylum and the Memorial Garden. The website has also attracted nearly three million hits.

The meeting is open to all. Tea and biscuits will be served and an informal question and answer session will give everyone an opportunity to find out more about High Royds, the latest developments in the Memorial Garden and Wood, and the proposed film.

Further details available from the Hon Secretary of the Friends of High Royds Memorial Garden, Quentin Mackenzie  on 876625.

The agenda may be read here.