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image for Exhibition item typeThe Cell Block at The Peace Museum

Exhibition, Sat 8 Sep - Fri 26 Oct 2018, free entry

The Cell Block

The Cell Block


10 Piece Hall Yard,
(Opposite Waterstones) City Centre,

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Sat 8 Sep - Fri 26 Oct The Cell Block
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A new exhibition by English Heritage opening at The Peace Museum.

The Cell Block is a new travelling exhibition created by English Heritage as part of their Heritage Lottery funded project to conserve and uncover the stories of the graffiti at the 19th century Richmond Castle, cell block.
Digitally explore the cells, come face-to-face with the graffiti and uncover the stories of its creators.
The graffiti ranges 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, from the 19th until the 20th century.

Much of the graffiti was drawn by conscientious objectors who were imprisoned at the castle during the First World War for refusing to participate in the war effort on moral, political or religious grounds. Included among these men were the conscientious objectors known as the Richmond Sixteen who were transported to France in May 1916 and sentenced to death – a sentence later commuted to ten years’ hard labour – for refusing to obey military orders.
Come and visit this interactive and thought-provoking exhibition and walk through the cells in English Heritage’s bespoke digital model, learn about the science of the graffiti’s conservation and record your own messages on the graffiti wall.

(please note the museum is up some 60 steps with no lift)

Coach parties acceptedEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsWelcome Host

Access to museum: No lift available. 60 steps to museum. Toilets are on the same level as museum.

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 8 Sep - Fri 26 Oct 2018
The Museum is open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 10am till 4pm.


Free entry

No booking required.




    See location of The Peace Museum on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

    Map reference: SE 163331  Lat: 53.79453 Long: -1.75266

    By Road:
    From M606 take A6177 east. Then take A650 into city centre. Follow city centre signs and park where one can. Street parking is 70 metres away. Map also available on request on 01274 434009 and on the museum's website.

    By Public Transport:
    Bradford Interchange and Bradford Forster Square Train Station are both five minutes walk from the museum.


    • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
    • Education/study areaEducation/study area
    • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
    • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
    • Gift shopGift shop
    • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
    • Public toiletsPublic toilets
    • Welcome HostWelcome Host

    Access to museum: No lift available. 60 steps to museum. Toilets are on the same level as museum.