The former prison, Spike Island, is now one of the world's top 'dark tourism' destinations.
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Northern Ireland has a tourist circuit steeped in death and disaster – is this a good thing?
Students at Ponar Forest in Lithuania, where Nazis massacred many Jews.
Daniel B. Bitran
In recent years, the number of people traveling to sites of death, natural disaster, acts of violence, tragedy and crimes against humanity has dramatically increased. Is it immoral?
The so-called ‘prison tree’: over time, myth has coalesced into a ‘fact’ for which there is no evidence.
There is no evidence to support the marketing of an ancient boab in Western Australia as a tree that once held Aboriginal prisoners. The story is a myth that elides the tree's deep significance to Indigenous people.
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Victorians revelled in images and descriptions of murder and mutilation which would today be regarded as shocking.
Disaster tourism and obsessions with sites of death and destruction can be a learning experience, not just voyeurism.
The tragedy that unfolded 20 years ago added another layer of horror to a site already scarred by atrocity.
The 20th anniversary of the massacre at Port Arthur again raises pressing questions about ways of remembering the tragedy.
Inside the Metropolitan Police s hidden Crime Museum at Scotland Yard, c. 1900.
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People love all things spooky and gory: but when does dark tourism cross the boundary?
Europe’s untouchables: the Roma and Sinti.
Gypsies, tinkers, pikeys, travellers – everyone knows the terms, not to mention the even more derogatory ones. The Roma and Sinti people have been the subject of prejudice and discrimination in Europe…