Beyond the Borders is a permanent installation at Hexham Old Gaol – the oldest purpose-built prison in England, dating back to the time of the Border Reivers.
We animated the stories of three fictional prisoners of the Gaol. Viewed through augmented reality the characters appeared to tell their stories from within the prison itself. The stories were written in participatory workshops in which inmates from three different prisons in North East England worked with writer Sheree Mack and historian John Sadler to write the historically accurate stories of three fictional past prisoners of Hexham Old Gaol.
The project was led by Dilly Arts, in collaboration with ourselves and Attaya Projects (Anya Kovalieva and Lalya Gaye), with writer Sheree Mack, historians John Sadler and Maureen Meilke, and curator Suzy O’Hara.
The project was the winner of the 2017 Royal Television Societies ‘Innovation’ award for North East and the Borders.
With the support of HMP Frankland, HMP Durham, HMP Low Newton and Hexam Old Gaol.
This project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.