Kevin Booth will explore the extensive graffiti left by conscientious objectors imprisoned at Richmond Castle during the First World War.

This event is part of the National Army Museum’s regular Daytime Talks series.

Richmond Castle is famous for housing prisoners. Over 1,000 individuals were imprisoned there from the late 19th century until the 1960s, leaving over 2,000 inscriptions.

Kevin Booth’s talk will look closely at the graffiti from the absolutist conscientious objectors – men who refused to fight on grounds of conscience during the First World War – sharing their emotions and experiences. He will also explore the more playful and boisterous record left by prisoners, guards and others who gained access to the building during the Second World War.

Kevin Booth is a professional archaeologist and Senior Curator at English Heritage, responsible for 250,000 objects and 37 museum displays across the north of England.

Events are subject to change. Please check the website closer to the date.



Entry to Daytime Talks is free. However, places must be reserved in advance by contacting our customer services team on 020 7730 0717.

Venue details


Royal Marsden Education and Conference Centre
Stewart’s Grove

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