Dark tourism at the Prison Museum

The 'death masks' of Brandeth, Turner and Ludlam publically executed in 1817 for their involvement in the Pentrich Rebellion. Just one the many grisly artefacts on display at Derby gaol.

My research explores the public consumption of crime and punishment via dark tourism - travel to sites of death and suffering. It focuses on how our carceral past is represented, reconstructed and reimagined to satisfy our macabre appetite for the spectacle-of-punishment. Past tragedies are commodified to provide an entertaining experience for the 'dark tourist', with the implicit assumption that whilst historical prisons were brutal and inhumane, modern prisons are unproblematic.

Dr Sarah Hodgkinson Criminology


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