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French Prison History in unexpected places

At these three popular tourist sites in France, you might be surprised to stumble across some fascinating prison history. Château d’Ussé, Rigny-Ussé, Indre-et-Loire Nestled on a hill, overlooking the Indre River, is the splendid Château d’Ussé. Built in phases from…

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Elizabeth Fry Refuge

In May 2022, Prison History project lead Rosalind Crone appeared in episode 3 of Jay Blades’s series, No Place Like Home, to discuss an important historical site: the Elizabeth Fry Refuge at 195 Mare Street, Hackney, London. Jay had no…

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Origins and legacy of the penal treadmill

In April 2022, Prison History project lead Rosalind Crone was interviewed by Dallas Campbell for his History Hit series Patented: History of Inventions on the origins and legacy of the penal treadmill. Dallas thought he’d be finding out about the…

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Why are there so many bridewells?

In July 2021, Prison History project lead Rosalind Crone was interviewed by John Darvall from BBC Radio Bristol on the history and use of the term ‘bridewell’ after a listener sent in a question. It was such a great question…

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British prisons: everything you wanted to know

In June 2021, Prison History project lead Rosalind Crone was interviewed by David Musgrove for the History Extra podcast, Everything you wanted to know … on British prisons. For almost 90 minutes, Rosalind responded to questions on the history of…

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