The silent prison: Pentridge and the panopticon
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Interviews with Melbourne archaeologists Adam Ford and Geoff Hewitt.  

The Silent Prison, Episode 1 of the podcast Look History in the Eye is about the convergence of ideology and design. Pentridge Prison, in Melbourne and its on-site panopticons were the physical manifestation of criminal reform ideas in the 1800s. Radical concepts of that time were designed into the architectural vision for the prison and introduced a method we now know as one of mankind’s most brutal forms of punishment. 

Presented by Kate Follington and Public Record Office Victoria 

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