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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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A Student’s Struggles with Suicide in Victorian Cambridge

In 1849, Clare College (then Clare Hall) was rocked by a great tragedy. One of its student’s, Edward Hayman, had taken his own life. Learn of Edward’s story, and of his struggles with ‘religious melancholy’.

Did Novel-Reading Cause Suicides?

In 1839, Charles William Bond died on this street. At the inquest into his death, it was suggested that novel-reading had contributed to his suicidal feelings. Learn about how contemporaries could interpret and rationalise suicidal behaviour.