Upcoming Events

Over the next couple years I hope to leave the archives regularly to talk to lots of people who might be interested in my project.

I am also planning an event for summer 2016 which will look at an aspect of prison education in the past and present, bringing together historians, researchers investigating and developing current schemes, and practitioners. Historical research can’t provide the answers to present-day problems, but can stimulate fresh discussion by exposing the types of questions that need to be asked.

Watch this space for more information!


Future Events:

Prison Education: What is it? What should it be?

A one-day conference at The Open University’s Walton Hall Campus, Milton Keynes

10 June 2016

Since the birth of the modern prison at the turn of the nineteenth century, education has been regarded as a key reformatory agent for incarcerated offenders. Yet key questions about the definition of ‘prison education’ persist to this day. What is nature of the relationship between offending behaviour and educational deficiencies? How expansive or narrow should the curriculum offered to inmates be? How can outcomes be accurately assessed? And what types and levels of education for offenders will the general public accept and support?

These questions (and more) will be explored by a range of researchers, practitioners and policymakers at this one-day conference at The Open University in Milton Keynes on 10 June 2016.

Confirmed speakers include:

A full programme is available here: Prison_Education_Programme_FINAL.

The event is free to attend, but places are limited. To register attendance, or for further information, please contact: Rosalind.Crone@open.ac.uk, and/or Tajinder.Bilkhu@open.ac.uk


Past Events:

13 June 2015: Museum of Argument, St Albans

On 13 June St Albans Museum hosted a conversation on prison education, past and present, at the old town courthouse which they recently acquired. While I spoke on prison education in the nineteenth century, Rod Clark, Chief Executive of the Prisoners’ Education Trust, spoke about prison education today, and Danny Shaw, Home Affairs Correspondent for BBC News chaired the event. Many thanks to Sue Davies and her colleagues at St Albans Museum for hosting such a productive and enjoyable discussion.

Back to the Future?

Great Expectations for Prison Education

Conference on Defining Prison Education, June 2016

What is ‘prison education’?

‘Educating Criminals’ Site Goes Live

The Prison and Literacy in 19th Century England

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