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Pentridge Prison airing yards


At Pentridge Prison in Melbourne an archaeological excavation has uncovered three airing yards.

These were giant cartwheel shaped structures with open air ends that allowed prisoners to get some fresh air for an hour a day. They were based on the panopticon design of Jeremy Bentham, and allowed a single guard in the tower at the middle to keep watch over all prisoners.

Reporter Matt Smith is shown around by Adam Ford, site archaeologist and host of Who’s Been Sleeping in my House? on ABC1.

You can listen to this story now on the ABC RN By Design website.


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