Monday, 15 February 2016

Littledean Jail - Forest of Dean

Avoid Avoid Avoid
Where to start?
I love reading and researching all things crime related so was initially very pleased by our unexpected visit to an authentic jail.  Firstly, this is not a historic, authentic jail in any way. The jail is basically a building to house some seriously disturbing memorabilia.
The entrance should be a warning of what is to come and boy should we have trusted our instincts.
We stopped here when our visit to the Forest of Dean was cut short due to bad weather. We went as a mixed group ranging from age 7 - 55. We took the age warning with a pinch of salt after all we thought it was a jail! We soon regretted taking our 7 year old daughter in when we were faced with some very questionable displays.
All I can think of is that the owner is racist, sexist, homophobic or all of the above. Everything in the 'exhibit' is an homage to violence or the macabre. The cabinet showing a graphic sex attack by guards at a Jewish concentration camp was a sample of what was on offer and was truly disturbing.
My husband quickly took our confused daughter out and stupidly our curiosity got the better of the rest of us and we continued. The Ku Klux Klan memorabilia was in extremely bad taste and my (mixed race) 21 year old daughter was very upset by it.  My older brother tried to speak to the person behind the till about the awful content and was met with a barrage of abuse.
Overall, I would wholly recommend you miss this awful, offensive exhibit and please do not judge the beautiful surrounding area on this appalling place.