Discover the Richmond Castle cell block graffiti in this new travelling exhibition.

Covering the walls of the 19th-century cell block at Richmond Castle are thousands of graffiti drawn during the 19th and 20th centuries. They range from delicate portraits to bold political and religious statements; pastoral scenes to regimental numbers.

These often intricate drawings and profound statements provide an extraordinary insight into the lives of those who were incarcerated or stationed at Richmond Castle across approximately 100 years.

In The Cell Block exhibition visitors can explore the cells, come face-to-face with the graffiti and uncover the stories of its creators. Using a mixture of digital and panel based interpretation this interactive and thought provoking exhibition allows visitors to walk through the cells in English Heritage’s bespoke digital model, record their own messages on the graffiti wall and learn about the many men and women who left their mark.

The Cell Block exhibition forms part of an HLF funded project to conserve the graffiti and uncover the hundreds of untold stories behind the inscriptions.

The displays have been designed to engage a broad range of audiences to share the Richmond Castle Cell Block project’s work with as many people as possible.

The exhibition will be at Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life from  Wednesday 22nd January 2020 until Wednesday 15th April 2020.

Click here to find out  about the graffiti and Richmond Castle Cell Block project

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