Morton Hall

‘I lost my religion, my family and my country, but I found hope’.

Mustapha is a young ambassador on the Red Cross’ Surviving to Thriving project, which supports refugees and asylum seekers aged 11 to 25 in Birmingham, Leeds and Peterborough who don't have parents or guardians in the UK. He described how he ‘stopped feeling’ when he fled Morocco and how he regained his confidence and dignity after and during his very challenging life [...]

2019-11-19T11:43:11+00:00 November 18th, 2019|

Impressions of Morton Hall 

Morton Hall immigration detention centre is one of the lesser known centres. This blog shares some of the impressions of this particular detention centre which are hard to capture by simply reading monitoring reports.  Ali McGinely is Director of AVID, the Association of Visitors to Immigration Detainees, and one of the Coordination Group members of the Detention Forum. Eiri Ohtani is Project [...]

2019-11-19T11:46:35+00:00 November 18th, 2019|

Your guide to #Unlocked18

#Unlocked18 marked the 5th year of Unlocking Detention, our virtual 'tour' of the UK's immigration detention estate. Whether you followed the tour from the beginning or you're just joining us now, we hope you find something to whet your appetite for learning more about detention and how to challenge it. Here's a guide to the contributions featured in #Unlocked18, with highlights [...]

2019-04-16T10:15:06+01:00 January 7th, 2019|

Week 7: #Unlocked18 visits Morton Hall

Week 7 of #Unlocked18 took us to Morton Hall IRC, near the small village of Swinderby in Lincolnshire. Surrounded by fields and villages, it is one of the UK's most isolated and least-known detention centres. It was originally an RAF base before reopening as a prison in 1985, and became an IRC in May 2011.  It is the only remaining IRC to be [...]

2019-04-16T10:34:13+01:00 December 13th, 2018|

“I have seen that the detention system in the UK is broken”

Content warning: suicide. Image by @Carcazan This blog comes from Rhiannon Prideaux, a visitor with the Morton Hall Detainee Visitors Group. I visited people detained at Morton Hall detention centre for around three and a half years.  In that time I visited 6 people.  All from different countries and detained for a variety of different reasons.  Many of them spent time in [...]

2019-04-16T12:43:58+01:00 December 3rd, 2018|

The guide to #Unlocked17 blogs is here!

We have listed all the blogs that were published during #Unlocked17 on this webpage for easy reference. Did you have any particular favourite? If so, let us know!

2019-04-22T11:12:03+01:00 January 9th, 2018|

Week 8: #Unlocked17 visits Morton Hall

This is Morton Hall detention centre in Lincolnshire, the focus of the eighth week of the Unlocking Detention tour. Up to 392 people - all men - may be detained here at any one time. It was turned from a prison to an immigration removal centre in 2011, though, like most other centres, it still feels like a prison. It is [...]

2019-05-28T11:26:06+01:00 December 13th, 2017|

Putting stock Home Office statements in the stocks

Image courtesy of Michael Collins New Freed Voices member, John P.*, was recently released after ten months detained in Morton Hall IRC in Lincolnshire. For this #Unlocked17 special, he sat down with Detention Action to go through his thoughts on some of the stock phrases the Home Office trot out in response to anti-detention campaigners. *John P. is not the author’s [...]

2019-05-28T11:32:26+01:00 December 7th, 2017|

Mapping detention

Images courtesy of Freed Voices At Unlocking Detention, we occasionally receive emails from people, including those who say they are journalists, asking us to let them join the “tour”. These requests stem from misunderstanding: some assume we are organizing physical, guided tours of the inside of these immigration detention centres, while we are actually running a “virtual” tour unearthing facts and [...]

2019-05-28T11:27:52+01:00 December 4th, 2017|

Week 4 of #Unlocked16: Morton Hall

This week, Unlocking Detention visited Morton Hall in Lincolnshire.   Morton Hall opened as an "immigration removal centre" in 2011, having previously been other kinds of prison for men, women and youth since 1958. There are 392 bed spaces at Morton Hall, all for men. https://twitter.com/DetentionForum/status/793007102960689152 https://twitter.com/DetentionForum/status/793014657116086274 https://twitter.com/DetentionForum/status/793052403734089729 https://twitter.com/silvia_eirini/status/793036352354934784 https://twitter.com/AVIDdetention/status/793733062647484416 https://twitter.com/AVIDdetention/status/793733331540115456 https://twitter.com/AVIDdetention/status/793733734654701569 We had a really interesting range of blog posts and [...]

2019-04-30T12:31:40+01:00 November 8th, 2016|
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