Sunday, April 20, 2014

British Pathé films on Youtube: HMP Gartree opens in 1966

I have long been a fan of the British Pathé site and have sometimes sent you off to watch films there.

The good news is that 85,000 of its films are now available on Youtube, which means I can embed them on this blog.

This one shows HMP Gartree, which is situated a couple of miles from Market Harborough on a World War II airfield, at its opening in 1966. Note the hopeful tone of the commentary and that nowhere does the argument that the chief purpose of prison is to protect society appear.

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