‘Ingenuity’ programme to highlight creative arts of prison inmates

prison soap carving
Prison inmates soap carving

source: National Justice Museum
published: 9 November 2020

Michelle Hubbard, the Senior Creative Engagement Practitioner from the Nottingham based National Justice Museum, has asked us to circulate details of the project she is developing called ‘Ingenuity’, based around exploring an historic collection of beautiful objects crafted by people in prison.

Some of these objects will have been made in prison workshops, some will have been made illicitly with crude materials and items to hand. for example there are several beautifully made little soap carvings that the maker would have whittled away at (probably late at night) to fill the hours of emptiness and loneliness, using just their government issue soap ration, and maybe a finger nail or matchstick to carve it with.

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BLM UK gains legal status and renames as Black Liberation Movement UK

Black Lives Matter (BLM) No Racism Notessource: The Guardian (World)
published: 23 October 2020

Activists from the Black Lives Matter UK campaign group have placed their organisation on an official footing, marking it with a change of name. The group, which received £1.2m in donations following widespread protests in June, has registered as a community benefit society under the name Black Liberation Movement UK.

The registration of the group, hitherto a loose collection of activists, was required before it could receive the donations, which had been collected via a GoFundMe appeal.

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Secure video calls to help prisoners maintain family ties

Woman on Laptopsource: GOV.UK News
published: 15 May 2020

Secure video calls will be introduced to prisons and young offender institutions (YOIs) across England and Wales to maintain vital family contact for prisoners and young offenders during the coronavirus pandemic.

Following a successful trial at HMP Berwyn, Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) is installing the technology at 10 institutions with a wider rollout in the coming weeks.

The measure is part of wider action to preserve family ties after social visits in prisons and YOIs were suspended, to comply with the government’s guidance on controlling the spread of coronavirus and protecting life.

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