News

July 2017

Public Art Project: ‘The Trial’

Dr Sinead McCann awarded Arts Council of Ireland Participation Programme Award for her project ‘The Trial’

We are very happy to announce that Dr Sinead McCann, Visual Artist, has received a second Arts Council of Ireland Award in her role as our UCD CHOMI-based Public Engagement Officer. This further award, given under the Arts Council’s Participation Programme scheme, is for her project ‘The Trial’.

Sinead will work collaboratively with historian Dr Holly Dunbar (UCD CHOMI), film-maker Mary Caffrey, participants from the Bridge Project (a community-based organisation providing training and support programmes for high risk violent ex-offenders in the greater Dublin area). In April 2018, the team will produce a visual arts installation for public exhibition in Kilmainham Gaol Museum’s Old Court Room.

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Public Art Project: ‘Inside Health’

Dr Sinead McCann awarded Arts Council of Ireland Open Call Programme funding for her project ‘Inside Health’

We are delighted to announce that Dr Sinead McCann, Visual Artist and our UCD-based Public Engagement Officer, has been the recipient of a prestigious Arts Council of Ireland Open Call Programme award for her innovative project ‘Inside Health’.

This public intervention will take the form of a series of distinctive posters that will subversively occupy the private advertising space of two large billboards and a number of bus shelters in the Dublin 7 area. The posters will explore a range of historical and contemporary perspectives relating to Irish prison regimes and their impact on prisoners’ health.

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‘In Humanity’s Machine’: Prison Health and History

Fiachra Byrne, Early Career Academics Network Bulletin, Howard League for Penal Reform, Issue 33, July 2017

An article by Dr Fiachra Byrne, ‘”In Humanity’s Machine’ Prison Health and History’ was published in the latest issue (July 2017) of the Howard League’s Early Career Academics Network Bulletin. The article provides a general overview of the ‘Prisoners, Medical Care and Entitlement to Health’ project and its personnel and also details Fiachra’s research on the history of the mental health of juveniles in custody.

Disorder Contained

Arts Project: Theatrical Production with Talking Birds, Coventry, Dublin, Belfast, London

Disorder Contained: A theatrical examination of madness, prison and solitary confinement finished its run in Coventry on 1 July. The show then moved on to the Smock Alley Theatre 1662 in Dublin with performances on 12, 13 and 14 July before moving to Belfast for a performance at The MAC on 15 July.

Disorder Contained will also play in London. Details of these performances will be posted in due course.

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June 2017

Disorder Contained

Arts Project: Theatrical Production with Talking Birds, Coventry, Dublin, Belfast, London

Disorder Contained: A theatrical examination of madness, prison and solitary confinement will commence its run of performances in the UK and Ireland at the Shop Front Theatre in Coventry on 29 June. It constitutes a major public engagement activity for the project and draws on the work of project team co-PIs Associate Professor Catherine Cox (UCD) and Professor Hilary Marland (Warwick). It forms the final part of The Asylum Trilogy exploring various aspects of the history of mental health. The production, created with Talking Birds and to be performed in Coventry, Dublin, Belfast, and London during the summer of 2017, will be accompanied by Expert Panel Discussions as well as Post-show Artistic Conversations which will be recorded along with a performance.

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Inside Reform

Policy Workshop, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, 2 June 2017

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

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May 2017

Witness Seminar: HIV/AIDS and the Prison Service 1980s-2000s

Centre for History in Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 18 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).

April 2017

Diet and Nutrition in Institutions of Care: History and Policy

Centre for the History of Medicine, University of Warwick, 21 April 2017

On 21 April, project member Dr Margaret Charleroy (Warwick) co-convened a full-day event exploring the history of, and current policy around, diet and nutrition in institutions of care. This event, entitled, Diet and Nutrition in Institutions of Care: History & Policy, was organised in collaboration with Dr Jennifer Crane (Warwick) and Dr Jane Hand (Warwick) from the Cultural History of the NHS project. The event was hosted at the Centre for the History of Medicine, University of Warwick. Subsequently, Margaret published an article about the event for The Conversation.

January 2017

Appointments

Holly Dunbar

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.

Sinead McCann and Flo Swann

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.

Nicholas Duvall

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

Appointments

Rachel Bennett

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

Hilary Marland: 2016 Roy Porter Lecture

Wellcome Library, London, 22 March 2017

Professor Hilary Marland (Warwick), co-PI on the project, delivered the 2016 Roy Porter Lecture on 22 March. Her talk was entitled, Hearing the Convict Cry, Hearing the Patient’s Voice.

Appointments

Janet Weston

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 Prison and Mental Health: From Confinement to Diversion

Policy Event: The Shard, London, 12 February 2016

The project’s first policy workshop, The Prison and Mental Health, took place on 12 February 2016 in London, at the Shard. Participants were drawn from academic, NGO, public and professional organisations.

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December 2015

Prisons, Penal Colonies and the Medical Humanities

Workshop: Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick, 7 December 2015

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

May 2015

Appointments

Margaret Charleroy

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

Public Lecture: Punishment and Order: The Irish Prison System in 1915

Liberty Hall, Dublin, 6 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.

Project Meeting

University of Warwick, 9-10 April 2015

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

March 2015

Young People and Mental Disorder: Is the Law Fit for Purpose?

Durham University, Law School Symposium, 19 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.

Wandering Irish: Irish Migration, Mental Illness and Crime in Nineteenth-Century Lancashire

HSTM Seminar Group, UCLA, 17 March 2015

Professor 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

Appointments

Nicholas Duvall

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.

Fiachra Byrne

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.

New Directions in Penal History: Comparative and Global Perspective

IHR Panel, 29 January 2015

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.

Project Meeting

University College Dublin, 23 January 2015

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

October 2014

Start of project