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Bentham’s all-seeing auto-icon

Bentham’s skeletal “auto-icon” watches students in UCL’s hallways. In life Bentham believed that surveillance could make us behave better. His dream of a Panopticon penitentiary was never realised. Instead he became the first man to campaign against transportation to Australia.

Women of Newgate Prison

Described as a “den of beasts”, Newgate’s women were often victims of circumstance who went on to make new lives after being transported to the colonies.

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Booksellers of St Pauls

From the early sixteenth centuries the area around St Pauls Cathedral including the famous Paternoster Row, were the centre of publishing trade in England. Printers and booksellers working from shops here spread ideas and information across the country.

The Cheesewring

Hear how The Cheesewring, an astounding stack of granite, was formed.