Living Inside: Six Voices from the History of Irish Prison Reform.

21 February - Saturday 18 May 2019
Venue: Kilmainham Gaol Museum

Living Inside is a new free exhibition at Kilmainham Gaol Museum about change and continuity, institutions and ideas, pain and protest, in Irish prisons. It tells the stories of six people whose experiences speak to the history of Irish prison reform, from prisoners’ protests against unhealthy living conditions to the psychological strain faced by prison officers.

Drawing on research by Oisín Wall (University College Dublin) on the history of prison reform organisations and activists in 1970s and 1980s Ireland, it includes the evocative images by photojournalist Derek Speirs, historical objects from the rich and remarkable collections of the Mountjoy Prison Museum and other illuminating artefacts from archives across Ireland.

Health is central to the history of prisons, both as a focus for reform and as a weapon of protest through hunger strikes and other desperate measures. Each story shows how reform, health, hope, and fear have shaped the prison system that we have today.

Living Inside is part of a Wellcome Trust funded project ‘Prisoners, Medical Care and Entitlement to Health in England and Ireland, 1850–2000’. A collaboration between University College Dublin (Catherine Cox) and the University of Warwick (Hilary Marland) it explores the history of health and healthcare in prisons.

Find out more about our research at and follow us on twitter @HistPrisonHealth

Content warning: This exhibition deals with topics that some people might find distressing including self-harm, drug abuse, physical restraint, and violence.

Free admission to the exhibition. Booking required:

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Kilmainham Gaol Museum Visitor Centre, Kilmainham Courthouse, Inchicore Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8.
Republic of Ireland

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