The Only Thing I Can Draw-Graffiti in the Cell Block at Richmond Castle

WhereGreat Broughton Village HallType of EventIllustrated Talk
WhenMonday 22nd February TutorKevin Booth

Kevin Booth is a professional archaeologist and Senior Curator at English Heritage.

In some ways this lecture was different with the presentation being based on original material. Richmond Castle is famous for housing prisoners. Over 1000 individuals were imprisoned there from the late 19th century until the 1960s, leaving 2000 inscriptions on the walls. The research into the graffiti is based on primary source material, the writing on the wall.  Kevin’s talk looked closely at the work from the absolutist conscientious objectors, men who refused to fight on grounds of conscience during the First World War, sharing their emotions and experiences. He explored the more playful and boisterous records left by prisoners, guards and others who gained access to the building during the Second World War.

Part of the talk was concerned with the task of preserving the environment of the graffiti.  The members enjoyed the presentation and there were several questions raised.  Feedback from members was very positive.

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