Hidden voices from behind the walls


The voices of people who lived and worked at the prison have been crucial to understanding the story of Holloway Prison. Use the links below to hear some of the voices from behind the walls.

This short film gives a flavour of the stories and ideas collected the podcasts.

PODCASTS (Coming soon)

Listen to our six Echoes of Holloway Prison podcasts below. They feature excerpts of many of the oral histories collected during the project. Please be aware that these podcasts include difficult and challenging stories.

Women in Prison

Who are the women in prison?



How does motherhood change the experience?



Can a prison be your home?



What is it like to be part of a prison community?



The story of protest inside and outside the prison.


A History of Holloway Prison

Through some of the voices through time.


Note: These podcasts are not suitable for people under 18 and contain some distressing themes.


The project has collected 29 oral histories, representing former prisoners, prison officers, education staff, healthcare, governors, charities and activists. If you would like to hear more get in touch with Islington Museum where the collection is held.


Our resident artist, Hannah Hull, was inspired by many of the stories recorded by Islington Museum in the oral histories. With her band, Burning Salt, she recorded the DIRT EP in response.

DIRT can be downloaded for free with a code available from Islington Museum or you can listen for free online (3 plays only).