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Uncovering the History of The Crichton in Dumfries

Sessions are now available in-person at The Crichton in Dumfries. So I thought I would explore a little but of the history of this fascinating place.

Nestled amidst the charming scenery on the outskirts of Dumfries in the south of Scotland, The Crichton holds a rich and interesting history.

Its origins trace back to the 19th century when it was established to be a hospital for mental health that was the best in Europe for the treatment of patients and for its architecture and environment. Designed by the esteemed architect William Henry Playfair, the hospital's imposing Gothic Revival architecture and expansive grounds reflected the grandeur of the Victorian era.

Grierson House at The Crichton

Opening in in 1839 the site developed in to an internationally recognised centre of excellence in mental health research and care.

The Crichton adapted to the challenges of the changing times, and played a crucial role during World War II when it served as a military hospital. Wounded soldiers received care and support, embodying the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity.

Post-war, The Crichton also became a vibrant centre for education and culture and it remain so today. It serves as the Dumfries Campus of the University of Glasgow, offering a diverse array of academic programs and research opportunities. Additionally, The Crichton also hosts conferences, events, and celebrations, breathing new life into its historic surroundings and ensuring its legacy continues.

The Crichton grounds

Many visitors to The Crichton come to enjoy the 85 acre parkland estate steeped in history. The aim now for The Crichton is to ensure the historically significant site is both preserved and sensitively developed to meet the needs of modern day life, business and education.

The Crichton demonstrates how a place can change and evolve while preserving its heritage. In Dumfries, it stands as a testament to the enduring power of history and the potential for new beginnings.



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