Cell by Date revealed at museum 


Bolton Museum and Archive Service and the Genesis Entry to Employment youth group have come together to create an exhibition on crime and punishment.

Crime and Punishment: Cell by Date opens on Saturday (January 30) and runs until March 13, with free entry.

The exhibition tells the story of two people in prison cells. The first will be a Victorian cell, telling the story of Agnes Lawless, a prisoner in 1871. Agnes was a young servant girl who stole from her employer and received six month hard labour in Stangeways Prison as a result.

The group will be working in partnership with Hindley Young Offenders Institute to tell the story of the second cell, a young person who has recently committed a crime.

The youth group have taken on the roles of Museum staff and have control over design and content in the exhibition. Members of the group have taken on roles such as project manager, finance officer and administration assistant. 

Councillor Ebrahim Adia, Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Children’s Services, said: “The project is a great opportunity for the young people involved at the Genesis Centre to show their creative side, and learn more about working in a museum.

“I have no doubt that Cell by Date will be an excellent display and a real insight into how crime and punishment in Bolton has changed.”

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