Exhibition: Warts and all – Pentridge Prison inside out

26 May 2023 ‐

30 Jun 2023

12:00 am ‐ 11:59 pm

FREE Entry

Photographic insights and personal stories from Australia’s most notorious prison

National Trust of Victoria are proud to launch Warts and All – Pentridge Prison inside out, an exhibition of photographic insights and personal stories from the state significant heritage-listed former prison.

The exhibition includes photos by Melburnian Adrian Didlick. After its closure in 1997, Pentridge Prison was left in an abandoned state, many of the building have long been neglected, prison history and many of the prison’s objects were lost. Adrian began taking photos of the then empty prison buildings in 2009, capturing the conditions of Pentridge at the time of its closure.

The exhibition also features personal stories and observations from the prison.

Exhibition Curator Katrin Strohl says it is vitally important to preserve the voices from behind the iconic bluestone walls.

Warts and all – Pentridge Prison inside out, integrates memories of people who worked and lived in the prison. Two former prisoners and a former prison officer complement Adrian’s photograph, with their experiences and observations, providing first-hand insights to bring Pentridge’s history to life.

Exhibition Team
Curator: Katrin Strohl
Photos: Adrian Didlick
Voices of Pentridge: two former prisoners and one assistant governor (John, Doug and Colin)


“In photographing Pentridge as it was left, I wanted to record the warts-and-all conditions that people lived, worked and died in”

Adrian Didlick (Photographer)

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