History of Health in Prison project

unnamed‘Prisoners, Medical Care and Entitlement to Health in England and Ireland, 1850-2000’ undertakes research into topics that resonate with current concerns in the prison service, including the very high incidence of mental health problems among prisoners, the health of women and maternity services in prison, and responses to addiction and HIV/AIDS.

We are in the throes of our final public engagement activities now, with lots of report-writing about past work, but we’re also planning a big conference in London in December and a major theatre piece with Brokentalkers in Dublin for early 2019.

We can confirm that our exhibition, ‘Ordinary Prisoners’: Prisoners, Health and Reform, 1960–2000, will run at Kilmainham Goal Museum, Dublin, from Feb – April 2019. Drawing on Dr Oisín Wall’s research on prison reform organisations in Ireland, it will include work by photojournalist Derek Speirs.

Lock Her Up is appearing again, as a satellite event at Leeds International Film Festival. Experience it for free at Leeds Town Hall Weds 31 Oct – Sat 3 Nov.

So there’s still plenty to look forward to!


  • We wrote a piece for the Wellcome Collection about Victorian female prisoners
  • We talked to The Conversation about solitary confinement
  • We reflected upon The Trial
  • We wrote in The Conversation about Alias Grace

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Best wishes
The Project Team
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