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Talk about incarceration is bound to captivate listeners


A limited number of places are still available for the last talk of the year at the Tolbooth Museum, Castle Street, Aberdeen.

The free illustrated talk on the changing role of incarceration by Professor Bill Naphy, a leading expert on the topic, from the University of Aberdeen, will be held at 12.30pm on Wednesday 18 December.

Aberdeen's Tolbooth was built in 1616 and is the best preserved 17th century gaol in Scotland. It was used as a jail until the early 19th century when it was replaced by the East Prison, located on what we now refer to as Rose Street and the West Prison which was behind Lodge Walk, underneath what is now the headquarters of Police Scotland North. These prisons were very different from the Tolbooth and were designed to hold people for long periods of time as imprisonment became the punishment.

Professor Naphy said: "The role of prisons has changed considerably over the centuries. Today they seek to rehabilitate whilst hundreds of years ago the Tolbooth was largely a place where people were held until trial and punishment."

The talk will last approximately 30 minutes. Advanced booking is not required for this talk.

Opening hours

Tuesday – Saturday 10am-5pm

Sunday 12noon-3pm

Closed Monday

Admission free