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Strangeways 1990: A serious disturbance

‘It went off in the chapel on the morning of April Fools’ Day, 1990. It was no joke though. There were serious grievances at Strangeways.’

8 February 2021
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Woolf report anniversary conference

February 2021 marks the 30th anniversary of the publication of the Woolf report into the Strangeways prison protest; the longest and most significant prison protest in British prison history.

29 October 2020
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25 days in April: Part 2 Strangeways podcast out now

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

Part two examines the legacy of the Strangeways protests and the role of prisons and imprisonment since. 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 prisons in the...

23 September 2020
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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.

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18 September 2020
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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
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25 days in April: Part 1 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
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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
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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