Caitlin Davies

Caitlin is currently a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) and the Science Museum, and a former Fellow at the University of Westminster, Harrow, in the School of Media, Arts & Design (2014-2018). She is a member of the Society of Authors, and a patron of Highgate Library, north London. She is also an ambassador for the Thames Baths project, which will reintroduce swimming to the River Thames in central London, and historical adviser for the film The Ponds: Still Waters Run Deep shortlisted as Documentary Film Release of the Year in the 2019 Screen Awards. Bad Girls Holloway Prison in north London was, until recently, Britain’s oldest surviving prison for women and the largest in Western Europe. Built in 1852 as a House of Correction, initially for both men and women, its inmates came from far and wide – whether a ‘witch’ from Scotland, a suffragette from Huddlesfield, a spy from Denmark, or an anti nuclear protestor from Greenham Common. While their ‘crimes’ couldn’t have been more different, their treatment revealed the prejudices of the age. Were they mad or bad? It was a question that applied equally to suffragettes at the turn of the century and to spies in both world wars. Were the women responsible for their actions, or deluded? And just as importantly, how should they be punished? Bad Girls tells the story of the evolving nature of women and prison, crime and punishment over a 150-year period of UK history.