20 Years On: Open day

20 Years On: Open day

As part of 20 Years On, commemorating 20 years since Maitland Gaol’s closure, the Gaol will be unlocking it’s gates for the community on the 28th January 2018. The Gaol will be open for visitors from 10.00am until 4.00pm and for a gold coin donation visitors can have a look in the Gaol, inspect new and travelling exhibitions and enjoy a raft of programmed activities throughout the day.

More information regarding the activities can be found below. Please note most of  the activities will be free, any activity with $ will incur a small fee.

Children’s activities
  • Milk a cow and make your own butter ($)
  • Prisoner exercise routine
  • Shoot the hoop competition
  • Hand washing cloths just like the prisoners use to
Garden talks
  • Bee Keeping by Hunter Amateur Bee Association
  • Vegetable gardening
  • Rose gardening
Train tours ($)

These trackless trains tours will be running around the outside of the Gaol walls. Participants will hear interesting information about how the land around the Gaol was utilised by staff and prisoners.

  • Maitland Musical Society
  • Prison Poetry Readings
Self Guided Audio Tours available with your own device only

A number of new permanent displays will also be installed for this period. Explore the site to see what you can spot. 

Other activities
  • Access to usually restricted areas
  • Food trucks will be onsite to keep the family fed ($)
  • BBQ hosted by Morpeth Men's Shed ($)
  • Devonshire tea by the East Maitland CWA ($)