Lincoln Prison

© Copyright Len Williams and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
Lincoln Prison Chapel © Copyright Len Williams and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

The Victorian prison at Lincoln has a chapel arranged in a semi-circle in such a way that the preacher (whose pulpit is high up on the flat wall and whose perspective is shown in the photo) can see all the prisoners simultaneously while they can see nothing else but him (locked doors prevent their seeing those seated beside them, while the different levels of the tiers of seats prevents them from seeing even the heads of the prisoners in the rows in front). The surveillance was both physical and spiritual, internal and external.

I used give a lecture there once a year on Nineteen Eighty-Four and, predictably, Michel Foucault, sometimes to the confusion of accidental tourists who arrived to find live student prisoners alongside the exhibition dummies and a deranged clergyman addressing them from the wall opposite.

English: Chapel/church at Lincoln Castle prison
English: Chapel/church at Lincoln Castle prison (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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