25 days in April: David Nolan

David Nolan, a young journalist at the time of the Strangeways protests, gives his eye-witness account of the disturbances.

18 September 2020

25 days in April: Professor Joe Sim

Listen to Professor Joe Sim on the wider context within with the Strangeways protests happened.

Last week, we released the first of a two-part podcast documentary on Strangeways, the past, present and future of prisons, with National Prison Radio. In this clip, Professor Joe Sim highlights the Strangeways protest as one of many disturbances during this period of British penal history....

14 September 2020

25 days in April: Strangeways podcast out now

Listen to the first part of our two-part podcast produced by National Prison Radio on the Strangeways protests and the past, present and future of prisons. 

"The Disturbance" is the first part of a two-part podcast documenting the Strangeways protests, their causes and aftermath. Produced by National Prison Radio and with support from the Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust, the podcasts situate the protests within the wider context of the state of...

10 September 2020

Strangeways anniversary

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the start of the Strangeways protests.

We were due to hold a conference, After Strangeways: The Past, Present and Future of Prisons, at King's College London to commemorate the longest prison protest in British history. 

Although our event has been postponed due to the public health crisis, we have...

1 April 2020

Conference cancellation: After Strangeways

We are sorry to announce that, due to ongoing concerns relating to coronavirus, the planned conference on 1 April, marking the 30th anniversary of the Strangeways prison protest, has been cancelled.

We are hoping to organise an equivalent event at some point. Given how unpredictable the situation currently is, we are not making any firm plans at this stage.

We will be announcing our future plans for conferences and events via our eBulletin. If you do not currently subscribe, you can...

16 March 2020

Before Strangeways: A look at life before the protests

Before the Strangeways protests in 1990, documentary filmmaker Rex Bloomstein created the series, Strangeways. 

Broadcast in 1980, Strangeways explored daily life in the Manchester prison before the protests, showing the public what life was like for those imprisoned. 

Rex Bloomstein is a speaker at our upcoming conference,...

11 March 2020

The worst place in the world

Before the Strangeways protests, children were incarcerated with adults.

Carolyne Willow
11 March 2020

Don’t look back in anger

In 1988, Partners of Prisoners (POPS) established itself in Manchester as a local support group for families of prisoners.

Diane Curry
14 February 2020

Punishment and access to education in prison today

Since the first national penitentiary, Millbank, opened on British soil in 1816, the debate in England and Wales over what prisons are actually for, and what they should try to achieve, has continued almost unabated.