We have a free programme of events taking place throughout the project. Walks, talks, workshops, storytelling & more!
15th & 21st May -Protest! At Holloway Prison TALK:
Islington Museum curator, Roz Currie, explores the story of the prison through protests inside,
outside and about the prison itself. What did suffragettes experience at Holloway? How have women fought the system when they had no power? What will happen next on the Holloway Prison site?
6:30pm on 15th May at Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road, N7 6PA BOOK HERE
6pm on 21st May at Finsbury Library, 245 St John St, EC1V 4NB BOOK HERE
7th June -Echoes of Holloway Prison: Discover Stories from Behind the Walls
Our Echoes of Holloway Prison project is coming to an end. Join us as we share stories from behind the walls. This day is for everyone who would like to know more about Holloway Prison. All welcome!
On the day, we will:
- Hear the stories of women held at the prison
- Learn about the history of the prison
- Explore our pop-up exhibition including films, oral histories, objects, photographs and music from the project
- Have a chance to reflect on what Holloway Prison meant and what will happen next
10 to 4:30pm on 7th June 2019, at Islington West Library, 107 Bridgeman Road, London, N1 1BD BOOK HERE
The Echoes of Holloway Prison Exhibition ran at Islington Museum, from the 13th of July to the 8th of October 2018. Discover the varied events programme which accompanied it below and discover more on our blog.
Walk: Winning the Vote: Islington Women
Islington has been a key battlefield in the fight for women’s rights. This 90-minute walk, led by a local Islington and City Guide, introduced visitors to the suffragettes held at Holloway in their campaign for the vote, their attempt to blow up the prison and the site of the first birth control clinic for women.
Staged Reading: Constance and Kelly
Constance Markievicz: Suffragette! Socialist! Soldier!
Pardoned from a death sentence after the Irish Easter rising in 1916, Constance is sent to HMP Holloway where she meets Kelly McCoy. It’s 2015 and Kelly got 3 months for stealing baby milk…She’s off the drugs and away from her abusive boyfriend and alcoholic mother. What can these 2 women do for each other?
Written and directed by Laura McCluskey, this piece includes graduates of Clean Break and was performed at Islington Museum.
Workshop: Writing Holloway Prison
Resident artist and musician Hannah Hull led a tour around the outside perimeter of Holloway Prison. Visitors joined her to explore the physical and social relationship between the prison and the local area.
Discover more here.
Workshop: Protest! Screen-printing.
Holloway Prison has always been a site of protest, from the imprisonment of the suffragettes to the recent protests around its closure.Visitors joined us to discover more about the prison’s relationship with protest and to learn how to create their own screen-printed protest banner.
Workshop: The Empty Space of Holloway Prison
Led by Carly Guest and Rachel Seoighe of Middlesex University, this workshop explored photographs taken of Holloway Prison after it closed. Investigating the images, we discussed what we can learn about prison life and how women held at Holloway made the space their own. The group spoke about institutional spaces, women and punishment, memory, the potential and limits of photography, and visual research methodologies.
Workshop: Reclaiming Holloway
In May 2017, North London Sisters Uncut occupied Holloway Prison’s Visitors Centre, claiming the space for the local community. In this session, a representative from Sisters Uncut spoke about the act of reclaiming Holloway Prison and explored ways to create radical community spaces.
Discover more here.
Under 5’s Storytelling: Suffragettes!
Storyteller Dani took four groups of under 5’s on a journey back in time to meet some real life heroines. In a playful and interactive session, children discovered the meaning behind the suffragette colours, how the suffragettes fought for their rights and learnt about the suffragette who knew jujitsu.
Family Day: Inside Out Holloway!
Inspired by the badge awarded to all suffragettes held at Holloway Prison, artist Alice May Williams led two family workshops exploring the history of protest at Holloway, inside and out. Families created their own protest banners, badges and flags, about issues important to them.
Youth Workshop: Who is Criminal Now?
Young people at Platform Youth Hub worked with Echoes of Holloway Prison staff and socially engaged artist Alice May Williams to explore Holloway’s stories and produce creative responses. Their exhibition is currently on display at Islington Museum. Find out more here.