The History of Reading Prison

  • South East

  • 01 January 2017

  • 19:00 - 20:00
  • £7 - £9

For many people, Reading Gaol has an almost mythic quality, but behind the myth there is a harsh reality. This talk will explore the history of the Prison from the Georgian period until its first closure in 1920; describe the separate system of ‘hard labour, hard board and hard fare’ that characterised the Victorian regime; take in Oscar Wilde and a couple of executions, and finish with Reading’s little-known role in the 1916 Easter Rising. The talk is part of the ArtAngel exhibition ‘Inside: Artists and Writers in Reading Prison’. Ticket includes entry to the exhibition from 5pm on the day. Event held at: HM Prison Reading, Forbury Road, Reading. RG1 3HY

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