Life and Death in a Victorian Gaol

Mike Wabe

Medieval World
East of England
Notice Period:
Short (maybe less than one month's notice)
Paid: £45 plus a small fee for travel
19th November 2017

I will be in authentic costume and will tell of the life in a Victorian gaol. Discover what the term "hard labour" really meant. Learn the difference between a prison and a gaol and between a convict and a prisoner. Hear all the grisly details of how both capital and corporal punishment was carried out.

The presentation will be illustrated with items from the Victorian penal system which the audience is encouraged to handle.

The presentation lasts for about 60 minutes, and is suitable for all ages, including schools.

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About Mike Wabe

My work history is 29 years a police officer, followed by 4 years as a manager for Autoglass, then by 10 years as a prison officer and ending with 3 years as an Inclusion Manager in a secondary school. I am now a Town Crier, a wedding Toastmaster, run my own murder mystery business and have been a speaker for over 14 years. My website ( gives details of the talks and presentations I can offer.

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