cropped-twitter-profile-pic.jpgHolloway Prison has been an important landmark in Islington for over 100 years. Until summer 2016 it was the largest women’s prison in Britain. Many well-known prisoners have passed through the prison, but there are diverse voices which remain unknown and unrecorded.

This project, run by Islington Heritage, in collaboration with Holloway Prison Stories and Middlesex University, seeks to capture stories of this highly significant place meaning that, even when it has gone, the voices and echoes of Holloway Prison will remain.

There are many ways to take part, whether you would like to share your memories and artefacts, volunteer your time for the project, or take part in the events taking place throughout the project. Or just get in touch on twitter!

Holloway Castle
Holloway ‘Castle’ in about 1900 (Image: Islington Local History Centre)

The Echoes of Holloway Prison Project has included:

Following the exhibition in the summer of 2018, the project is currently focusing on:

  • Collecting more oral histories to further flesh out our archive of Holloway Voices.
  • Continuing to share the stories of Holloway Prison as widely as possible. Keep your eye on our twitter and events page to find out about upcoming events and new resources.
  • Curating a digital exhibition, featuring objects, stories and media from the project.
  • Developing an educational resource to support schools, colleges, university students and community groups in exploring ideas around women in the criminal justice system. This resource will be available online.
  • Continued work with Middlesex University.
Holloway Prison, summer 2017
Holloway Prison, summer 2017 (Photo: Islington Heritage)

hlfhi_blkWe are thankful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for their support in funding this project.