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February Saturday event @ the Heritage Hub

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Throw Away the Key! A History of Gloucestershire Prisons & Prisoners

Multiple images stitched together that appear throughout the exhibition

Have you ever wondered about the history of Gloucestershire’s prisons, and the many thousands of inmates who have been detained in them? Have a look at our online exhibition, and explore the prison institutions and the lives of the prisoners; for some, the term “Throw away the key!” was, in fact, very much what happened to them, especially those in the historic Debtors’ Prisons of old.

View the exhibition