Prison Photography Talk At Wandsworth Museum

An insight into the lives of famous inmates & showcases the Inside Eye collection


Thurs 22 Sep, 7.30pm
. Tickets £5, includes entry to the exhibition

Wandsworth Museum,
38 West Hill, SW18 1RX

Tel. 020 8870 6060 

Wandsworth Museum opening hours:
10am-5pm Tues-Sun. Closed Mon.

De Morgan Centre opening hours:
1-5pm Tues-Fri & 10am-5pm Sat. Closed Sun & Mon. Separation & Silence exhibition ends 31 Dec 2011

Tube: East Putney, 10 mins’ walk.

Rail: Wandsworth Town, 10 mins’ walk

Bus: 37, 170 or 337 to Wandsworth Museum stop.

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To coincide with Separation & Silence, Wandsworth Museum’s new temporary exhibition charting the 160-year history of Wandsworth Prison, Jason Shenai and Marc Schlossman of the Inside Eye photography collective will be discussing their groundbreaking prisoners’ photography project, which took place at HMP Wandsworth in the mid 1990s. Stark images from the project are on display as part of the Separation & Silence exhibition.

Separation & Silence is a new temporary exhibition at the new Wandsworth Museum, to commemorate Wandsworth  Prison’s 160th anniversary. The exhibition focuses on the harsh corrective measures used in the 19th century, the Separate System and the Silent System. The former drove inmates mad through solitary confinement, while the latter broke the will of prisoners through needless hard labour. Capital punishment is highlighted and visitors will be able to view the prison’s noose and executioner’ tools.

The exhibition offers insight into the lives of famous inmates such as Oscar Wilde and Ronnie Biggs and showcases the Museum’s recently acquired Inside Eye photography collection of stark images captured by prisoners in the early 1990s. Artworks by recent inmates will also be on display.

Admission includes entry to the Museum’s permanent gallery, which tells the fascinating story of the Wandsworth region from the Ice Age to the present. Visitors purchasing tickets also receive £1 off entry to the De Morgan Centre (, located in the Museum building – an unparalleled collection of paintings, drawings and ceramics by Arts and Crafts artists William and Evelyn De Morgan.


September 22, 2011