Dartmoor Prison Museum ~ Princetown
Visit us and learn about ‘life inside’ one of the world’s most famous and notorious jails. Our museum attracts more than 35,000 visitors every year from all over the world. Some of the artefacts and documents on display will surprise you but will certainly enable you to form an opinion about prison life. Vividly portrayed are more than 200 years of this prison’s turbulent history ranging from the beginning, when Dartmoor was a Prisoner of War Depot for French and American prisoners of war, to the later convict era through to today. We look forward to seeing you!
See life-size models of Napoleonic soldiers in colourful period uniforms. Read about the ‘Princetown Massacre’ when the guards fired on rioting Americans captured during the War of 1812, killing nine and wounding over thirty more. Long outdated means of controlling unruly prisoners including manacles, straightjacket and the dreaded flogging apparatus are on display. Tough measures were required to control the toughest of men. Then admire the beautiful hand – made models and paintings produced by convicts and cringe at the crude but lethal weapons they also made, knuckledusters’ for example, ‘chivs’ (slashing weapons) and realistic firearms made of wood.