Multimedia Resources

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Audio Link 2.1: Reading Gaol, Where Oscar Wilde Was Imprisoned, Unlocks Its Gates For Art
Description: Beneath Gothic arches and metal walkways, a place of torment has been reclaimed as a place of creative ferment. In 1895, celebrated writer Oscar Wilde — author of The Importance of Being Earnest and The Picture of Dorian Gray — was convicted of homosexual activity and sentenced to two years, most of which he spent in the infamous Reading Gaol.

Audio Link 2.2: Burning Down the Panopticon
Description: Our new miniseries on Surveillance begins with your host tripping over the corpse of Jeremy Bentham, the man who gave us the Panopticon

Video Link 2.1: Secrets of the Tower of London
Description: This PBS video about the Tower of London and its various purposes, including as an infamous prison.

Video Link 2.2: Inside Eastern State Penitentiary
Description: Overview of the history of the Newgate prison.

Web Link 2.1: Newgate Prison
Description: Overview of the history of the Newgate prison.

Web Link 2.2: British Prisons
Description: A timeline of British Prisons