#Unlocked: a Twitter tour of the UK’s detention estate


In collaboration with other members of the Detention Forum, over the next few months Detention Action will be taking part in ‘Unlocking Detention’ – a Twitter tour of the UK’s detention estate. Digitally visiting a different site of detention each week, we will be ‘unlocking’ the gates of those hidden IRCs, short-term holding facilities and prisons, were people are detained without time-limit, for months, sometimes years.

The tour will ‘unlock’ the gates of these places of detention so we can have a hard look at the cruel reality for those inside.

This is a really exciting new awareness raising initiative but as well as re-tweeting our material during the tour (@DetentionAction or @DetentionForum) we also want you to take part too.

If you have direct experience of detention, are supporting or working with people in detention, or have anything you want to say about detention, then get in touch! Do you have any reports, photos, artworks or articles you want to share during the tour? Are you a Detention Action volunteer? Do you remember your first visit to a detention centre? We want to hear your reflections!

If so, don’t hesitate to contact ben@detentionaction.org.uk or detentionforum@gmail.com to find out more or to send content over. For more information, you can visit www.unlocked.org.uk, which will go live in September. The schedule and suggested hashtags for the #Unlocked tour can be seen below:

14 Sep to 20 Sep People held in prisons as immigration detainees #prisondetainees
21 Sep to 27 Sep Short Term Holding Facilities #sthf
28 Sep to 4 Oct Haslar #haslar
5 Oct to 11 Oct Campsfield #campsfield
12 Oct to 18 Oct Brook House #brookhouse
19 Oct to 25 Oct Morton Hall #mortonhall
26 Oct to 1 Nov Harmondsworth #harmondsworth
2 Nov to 8 Nov Dover #dover
9 Nov to 15 Nov Cedars #cedars
16 Nov to 22 Nov Yarl’s Wood #yarlswood
23 Nov to 29 Nov Tinsley #tinsley
30 Nov to 6 Dec Colnbrook #colnbrook
7 Dec to 13 Dec Dungavel #dungavel
14 Dec to 20 Dec Summary Week #detention #unlocked