The Shrewsbury Prison Museum offers visitors a unique opportunity to step back in time and discover an array of artefacts and documents that vividly portray the prisons' turbulent history.
Taking you from Victorian times to modern day, the Shrewsbury Prison museum boasts a variety of fascinating content. From home-made weapons (such as Prison shanks) that have been discovered hidden in wall cavities, to artwork and sculptures created by ex-prisoners. We have been fortunate to be able to curate a collection of artefacts and memorabilia from when Shrewsbury Prison was a working prison -and we're now able to present all of these findings to visitors of the prison!
The last Governor of the Prison, Mr Gerry Hendry, has kindly donated many personal items from his time here, along with official documentation such as letters of pardon from past Royalty.
Over 200 years of history has been collected and documented in order to keep the history of Shrewsbury Prison alive.
Read about some of Shrewsbury Prison’s notorious inmates, celebrity prisoners and infamous killers. Walk in the footsteps of the Prison Officers who dedicated their lives to the care and protection of those living within these walls.
The Shrewsbury Prison museum aims to educate and enlighten visitors of all ages about the realities of prison life and the changes that have sculpted the modern prison system as we know it.