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The Persistence of the Victorian Prison: Alteration, Inhabitation, Obsolescence and Affirmative Design

In England and Wales today, more than a quarter of prisoners live in Victorian-era prison accommodation. The continued operation of these historic prisons has been the subject of intense criticism, with such buildings frequently described as obsolete and unfit for purpose. This research project aims to understand the implications of the longevity and persistence of the Victorian prison.

Prison door

The project

Find out about the Persistence of the Victorian Prison project.

Stairs in a prison

Project team

Meet the team behind this project.

Prison landing

Victorian prisons

Learn more about Victorian-era prisons in the UK.

Prison gate

Project partners

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Share your story

If you have experience of living or working in a Victorian-era prison, we would like to hear from you. Please contact us today to share your story.