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Life in jail

Peer through the bars into Cell 4 in the Old Prison and you’ll see Elizabeth Henderson. She might be brushing the floor, eating her lunch or sewing herring nets. If you have time, linger for a moment and she’ll tell you her story. It’s a sad tale of poverty. She was thrown out of her family home in...

Posted on 29 Jul 2013

Transported Down Under

Australia: land of sun-drenched sand and surfers. Many of us would love to make the trip Down Under to relax on the coast and enjoy the laid-back vibe. But it wasn’t always so. Back in the 18th and 19th centuries, British criminals were sent there for punishment. The first convicts went out in 1787. Over the next...

Posted on 27 Jun 2013

The jail break factor

Saturday 12th May 2013 was not a good day for Inveraray Jail’s Warder. His main job is to secure the jail and make sure that the prisoner’s don’t escape. But at 11am on the dot, 47 prisoners including eight juveniles, broke free and ran for the hills. The crowds clapped and cheered as the pack sprinted...

Posted on 29 May 2013

Wheels of justice: the Black Maria

One of the most popular artefacts on display at Inveraray Jail is the two-wheeled horse-drawn Black Maria carriage built in 1891. Probably the last of its kind in the UK, it’s been beautifully restored and takes pride of place in the courtyard next to the old jail. Our Black Maria has a fascinating – and...

Posted on 29 Apr 2013

Grab some swag

Back in 2011 Inveraray Jail closed its doors to the public for the first time in 21 years as improvements were made to the building. One of the most dramatic transformations was the Prison Shop. It was completely overhauled. The floor-to-ceiling shelves, which for years had covered up the windows, were removed to let the...

Posted on 28 Mar 2013

The restoration man

Inveraray Jail has certainly aged gracefully. This historic building, which has faced west coast weather and seen hundreds of thousands of people pass through its doors since it was built almost 200 years ago, still stands strong. But, if old buildings like the jail aren’t properly looked after, they can quickly...

Posted on 22 Feb 2013

True stories of Victorian villains

Lights, camera, action! Timeline Films was on location in Inveraray Jail to shoot an exciting new programme that will teach schoolchildren what life was like for young Scottish offenders in Victorian times. The programme was made for BBC Schools and tells the true stories of four young people who ended up in Scottish...

Posted on 31 Jan 2013

The Christmas Day trials

Christmas Day was like any other day for the prisoners in Inveraray Jail. There were no treats or presents – not even an extra spoon of porridge. Back then, it wasn’t even a holiday. In fact, over the years a number of trials were held in the Courtroom on 25 December. So while you’re tucking into your...

Posted on 21 Dec 2012

A haunting tale

Icy drafts, strange sensations and things that go bump in the night. Inveraray Jail has a reputation as one of Scotland’s most spooky locations, with eerie sights and sounds appearing for visitors, staff and ghost hunters alike. But is it really haunted? One of the UK’s top paranormal investigators Mark...

Posted on 26 Oct 2012

A prison for all

Inveraray Jail is many things. There’s the old prison, the new prison, the courthouse, the airing yards, the exhibitions and the shop. Visitors can explore at their leisure, interact with costumed staff, sample punishments, witness early justice and generally marvel at history brought to life. But how do you get...

Posted on 20 Sep 2012

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