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Episode 3: A Victorian Prison in Devizes

Summary

The archaeologists uncover a 19th-century prison with a difference in Wiltshire. Devizes House of Corrections was one of the first panopticon style prisons built in the UK, with its all-seeing central guards' tower which allowed just a handful of guards to monitor and control the lives of hundreds of prisoners. The team want to uncover the prison's lost structures, reveal the secrets of what went on behind its walls and discover just how secure and inescapable it really was

Review

So far this series, Hugh Dennis and the team have been looking for a Roman fort in central Scotland and Bronze Age roundhouses in Staffordshire. This week, their investigations bring us a bit more up to date: archaeology doesn’t end with the Tudors.

They’ve come to a housing estate in Oldham, Greater Manchester, that has quite a bit of a back story under the soil. Glen Mill was a cotton mill that was subsequently converted into a prisoner-of-war camp that housed more than 6,000 enemy prisoners during the Second World War. What can the team reveal about the workings of the mill, its conversion into a PoW camp and the lives of its occupants?

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PresenterHugh Dennis
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Series producerAudrey Neil
Executive producerSteve Wynne

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  • Summary

    The archaeologists uncover a 19th-century prison with a difference in Wiltshire. Devizes House of Corrections was one of the first panopticon style prisons built in the UK, with its all-seeing central guards' tower which allowed just a handful of guards to monitor and control the lives of hundreds of prisoners. The team want to uncover the prison's lost structures, reveal the secrets of what went on behind its walls and discover just how secure and inescapable it really was

    Review

    So far this series, Hugh Dennis and the team have been looking for a Roman fort in central Scotland and Bronze Age roundhouses in Staffordshire. This week, their investigations bring us a bit more up to date: archaeology doesn’t end with the Tudors.

    They’ve come to a housing estate in Oldham, Greater Manchester, that has quite a bit of a back story under the soil. Glen Mill was a cotton mill that was subsequently converted into a prisoner-of-war camp that housed more than 6,000 enemy prisoners during the Second World War. What can the team reveal about the workings of the mill, its conversion into a PoW camp and the lives of its occupants?

    Details

    Languages
    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Crew

    rolename
    PresenterHugh Dennis
    DirectorJane Barrie Bramwell
    Series producerAudrey Neil
    Executive producerSteve Wynne
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