Holloway Prison: History & Health Exhibition

This exhibition explores the history of HMP Holloway, the UK’s largest prison for women, which closed down in 2016. Using the issue of health and medical expertise within prisons as a common strand throughout Holloway’s history, it looks at staff and buildings, conditions, protests, and the women in prison themselves. It also reflects upon Holloway’s contested legacy, as a place of both suffering and refuge, and as a frequent inspiration for campaigns and organisations addressing women’s needs. The exhibition was made possible thanks to an award from the LSHTM’s Public Engagement Small Grants Scheme, and was produced with assistance from women with experience and knowledge of Holloway as former prisoners, staff, researchers, and campaigners. We are grateful for their time and expertise, and for support from Islington Heritage.

The exhbition is free to view in Islington libraries over 2018:

February: Cat and Mouse Library, 277 Camden Road, N7 0JN
March: Central Library, 2 Fieldway Crescent, N5 1PF
April: Archway Library, Hamlyn House, N19 5PH
May: N4 Library, 26 Blackstock Road, N4 2DW
June: West Library, Bridgeman Road, N1 1BD
July: South Library, 115-117 Essex Rd, N1 2SL
August: North Library, Manor Gardens, N7 6JX
September: Finsbury Library, 245 St. John Street, EC1V 4NB
October: Mildmay Library, 21-23 Mildmay Park, N1 4NA

For more about Holloway and the creation of the exhibition, click here: