Property developers have purchased most of the eleven former prisons closed in 2013 and so the acquisition of the former HMP Canterbury by Canterbury Christ Church University bucks the general trend.
Experiencing Crime and Punishment: Emotions, Perceptions and Responses to Crime and Penal Heritage in Courtroom and Prison Museums
Across the country there are many historic prisons and courtrooms that are open to the public as museums. The grandeur architecture of the historical courtroom and the cold stone walls of old gaols are brought to life through museum exhibits and tours that present the history of crime and punishment to the visiting public.
At Preston Park Museum and Grounds, just outside Stockton-On-Tees in the North East of England, we have focussed our efforts towards exhibiting our own criminal history collection. The museum recently acquired a sizeable donation from the local regional police force, Cleveland Police.
On the Beat: Stories From 1914-1918. A fresh approach to interpreting crime history at Bishop’s Stortford Museum
The temporary exhibition was housed at the Bishop’s Stortford Museum, within the Rhodes Arts Complex, On The Beat: Stories From 1914-18 which ran from 4 August 2014 to 19 January 2015, highlighted local stories from the First World War, as detailed in contemporary police accounts found following the redevelopment of the town’s Victorian police station.