County Archivist Mark Stevens will explore the history of one of Reading’s most iconic Victorian buildings – Reading Prison – from the Georgian period until its first closure in 1920. Find out about the separate system of ‘hard labour, hard board and hard fare’ that characterised the Victorian regime; before hearing about Oscar Wilde, some of the prison’s executions and Reading’s little-known role in the Easter Rising.
Pre-booking is required, because the event link will be sent in advance.
Image: “Reading Gaol” by spicygreenginger licensed under CC-NC 2.0
About Berkshire Family History Society
This talk is organised by Berkshire Family History Society, a registered charity number 283010.