Established in 1851 and closing in 1997, Pentridge Prison is a heritage listed former state prison that has undergone adaptive reuse over the last decade. Following the closure of the Old Melbourne Goal in the 1920s, Pentridge became the primary remand centre for metropolitan Melbourne. The long history of the site and the changing social, political and legal circumstances of the people who both worked and were incarcerated within its walls are the foci of a new educational program by NTV Education.
Commencing in late Term 2, 2023, these programs are aligned with the Victorian curriculum for history, legal studies and sociology. Our education programs utilise the latest in immersive technologies, including soundscapes and audio-visual displays. Students will hear recorded interviews with past inmates, guards and lawyers and can observe artefacts dating between the early 1800s to late 1900s.
The National Trust is a leader in the delivery of experiential learning: learning through seeing, doing and feeling, connecting different knowledge centres created across a person’s life. The NTV Education programs at Pentridge Prison provide a unique opportunity to move beyond the theoretical approach to learning and experience the setting and implications of social, economic and environmental change borne out in our shifting legal system through time.