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Reading Prison

The Archive of this Historic Gaol

The present Reading Prison was built by the Berkshire justices in 1844.  It became the new county gaol.

The BRO has inherited a small but fascinating archive from the prison that details its history from Victorian times until its closure in November 2013.

During 2013, we ran a research project into the prison's role as a place of internment.  This project was funded by the AHRC as a partnership with the University of Reading's English Literature Department.  Called Enemies of the State, it investigated the experience of Irish internees after the Easter Rising of 1916.

You can read more about the project via the links below.

In 2014, we ran a similar project that looked at the Victorian prison.  This project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and was also a partnership with the University of Reading.  Please click the link to 'Oscar Wilde and Reading Gaol' to find out more.

Image of Reading Gaol, 1844

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Irish Patriots in Reading Gaol

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Enemies of the State blogRead more about the Easter Rising and Reading's Irish internees


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