June 2017

The project’s second policy workshop, Inside Reform, will take place on 2 June 2017 at the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin. Participants will drawn from academic, NGO, public and professional organisations.

May 2017

A Witness Seminar on ‘HIV/AIDS and the Prison Service 1980s–2000s’ was held on 18 May at the Centre for History in Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The event was led by Professor Virginia Berridge (LSHTM) and Dr Janet Weston (LSHTM).

January 2017

Dr Holly Dunbar joined the project on a three-year Postdoctoral Research Fellowship based at University College Dublin. Holly will be working on prison reform organisations and health interventions in England and Ireland.

Dr Sinead McCann and Ms Flo Swann joined the project as Public Engagement Officers. Sinead will be based at University College Dublin and Flo at the University of Warwick. They bring combined expertise in marketing, arts production, theatre and the visual arts.

Dr Nicholas Duvall, research assistant on Associate Professor Catherine Cox’s and Professor Hilary Marland’s project strand, completed his two-year term on the project in January 2017. Nicholas contributed substantially to the collection of research material, developed his own research strand on prison doctors in the 1970s-1980s, and has submitted an article on this theme to Medical History.

November 2016

Dr Rachel Bennett joined the project on a three-year Postdoctoral Research Fellowship based at the University of Warwick. Rachel will be working on women, healthcare and maternity in English and Irish prisons.

March 2016

Dr Janet Weston joined the project on a two-year Postdoctoral Research Fellowship based at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical. Janet will be working on the history of HIV/AIDS in prison in England and Ireland, 1980-2000.

February 2016

The project’s first policy workshop, The Prison and Mental Health, took place on 12 February 2017 in London, at the Shard. Participants were drawn from academic, NGO, public and professional organisations.

December 2015

A workshop with participants from this project and the Carceral Archipelago project took place on 7th December at the University of Warwick. Further details are available here.

May 2015

Dr Margaret Charleroy took up her three-year Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (based at Warwick). Margaret will be working on health in prisons and the management of chronic conditions and infectious disease.

April 2015

Fiachra Byrne gave a public lecture, ‘Punishment and Order: The Irish Prison System in 1915’ as part of the RTE Road to the Rising series of public talks and events on the history of Irish independence, 6 April 2015.

The second project meeting took place at Warwick on 9-10 April.

March 2015

Fiachra Byrne presented ‘Law in Context: Framing Child Mental Health in Medicine, Community and Education’ at the Durham University, Law School symposium ‘Young People and Mental Disorder: Is the Law Fit for Purpose’, 19 March 2015. Convened by Dr Emma Cave, Director of Research, Durham Law School, this was a multidisciplinary symposium for 20 participants to discuss current laws governing compulsory treatment for mental disorder in children and young people and their effects. The event was co-funded by Durham CELLS and the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Well-being.

Hilary Marland presented at a seminar held on 17 March 2015, hosted by the History of Science, Medicine and Technology group at UCLA on ‘Wandering Irish: Irish Migration, Mental Illness and Crime in Nineteenth-Century Lancashire’. The paper bridged the previous project led by Catherine Cox and Hilary Marland on Irish migration to Lancashire in the nineteenth century and high incidences of mental illness and asylum confinement with their new research on the association of the Irish with crime and the prison system in Lancashire, demonstrating the complex career pathways of asylum patients through other institutions, including prisons.

January 2015

Dr Nicholas Duvall joined the project on a two-year Postdoctoral Research Fellowship based at the University of Warwick. In addition to his research on the project theme of the prison and mental health, Nicholas will also undertake work on the history of the penal medical service.

Dr Fiachra Byrne commenced in post at University College Dublin on a three-year Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, working on the mental health of children and juveniles in custody.

Hilary Marland co-presented with Professor Clare Anderson at an IHR panel on ‘New Directions in Penal History: Comparative and Global Perspectives’ in the series ‘Reconfiguring the British: Nation, Empire, World, 1600-2000 on 29 January 2015. Her talk on ‘Prisoners, Medical Care and Entitlement to Health in England and Ireland, 1850-2000’ offered an introduction to the project and its team, focusing on the mental health strand and opening up a comparison of views on the operation of the separate system in England and Ireland and their association with the mental breakdown of prisoners. About 40 people attended what was a lively session and debate, and also led to plans for future collaboration between Clare Anderson (University of Leicester, convict prisons) and our project team.

The first project meeting took place in Dublin on 23 January 2015.

 October 2014

Start of project