Explore the former men’s and women’s cell blocks and the stories they hold through interactive immersive experiences. These walls can talk!
We research and promote the history of the NT Heritage-listed Gaol as an important part of Australian history with sensitive storytelling and balanced perspectives from those who lived and worked here from 1938 — 1996.
The Old Gaol Relationships exhibition spans the two buildings in women’s and men’s cell blocks and covers the period from 1938 — 1996 when the gaol was in operation, and the following decade which saw successful local agitation for saving the site from demolition.
The exhibition is an attempt to humanize the history of the Old Alice Springs Gaol through audio/visual installations.
Each provides a sense of relationships, encouraging visitors to relate to people despite differences in place, time and social acceptance.
The story of how the gaol was saved from demolition is a remarkable example of grassroots activism saving our built heritage from destruction.