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Oscar Wilde and Reading Gaol

Reading Gaol Ex

From 22 October 2014 to 6 February 2015 there was a public exhibition at the BRO to mark the closure of Reading Prison.

The exhibition presented archival materials from the prison together with publications relating to Oscar Wilde's contribution to literary and cultural life.

Also on display were specially commissioned photographs taken of the prison at the moment that it was closed.

The event was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Sonning Flowers, and was created by BRO together with the University of Reading.

A short film about the event is available below and via the link at the bottom of the page.

Also available below are a series of short stories written by children in Year 8, and inspired by the Victorian gaol.



Oscar Wilde and Reading Gaol - Year 8 short stories 1 (121KB)

Oscar Wilde and Reading Gaol - Year 8 short stories 2 (99KB)


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Related Links

Oscar Wilde and Reading Gaol: launch event, 20 October 2014A short video featuring interviews with Merlin Holland, Gyles Brandreth, BRO and University staff

Looking at the others, Journal of Victorian CultureAn article by Professor Peter Stoneley about Wilde's time in Reading


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