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Exhibitions & events

Throw away the key

Current exhibition:

Throw away the key: 150 years of prison health and medicine

15 February - 5 April 2019

The MRC's current exhibition features archives on prison conditions and health, including sections focusing on mental health, enforced leisure, and the treatment of women and young people.

Curated in collaboration with the project Prisoners, Medical Care and Entitlement to Health in England and Ireland, 1850-2000, the exhibition features archives from the MRC's collections, together with display panels which examine the developments in prison welfare over the past 150 years.


Upcoming events:

In Place of Strife (1969): Trade Union legal rights & responsibilities revisited

27 April 2019, 11 am - 4 pm

One day seminar on one of the pivotal moments of post-war British Industrial Relations.


Past exhibitions:

Missed our past exhibitions? Online versions of some are available through our website.



Past events:

Crafting Resistance: The art of Chilean political prisoners

An exhibition co-curated by Jasmine Gideon, Birkbeck, University of London, and Gloria Miqueles, Chilean ex-political prisoner, held at the MRC between 30 October - 17 November 2017.

Community Speaker Series

The Community Speakers Series offered an opportunity for community members, independent scholars, academics, and students to come together to discuss a topic of importance or interest to the local community. Each talk was accompanied by an interactive exhibition of related archival material held at the MRC.

Open Education Series

The Open Education Series was a monthly series of events organized by students at the University of Warwick on topics that have been mostly excluded or challenge the Eurocentric academic curriculum. The series utilised the resources of the MRC, a unique archive housing primary sources on modern British social, political and economic history and allowed for attendees to engage with original source material.

Archives Alive

A project that involved working with local schools to develop pupils' research skills and encourage them to engage with primary sources.