Prisoner 4099 (2008)

Detail of a document that lists descriptive elements of a person including hair, eyes, and complexion. Next to this list is a sepia toned mugshot of a young boy with the number 4099 on a sign hanging around his neck.

William Towers’ charge sheet. Catalogue ref: PCOM 2/290 folio 205

In 1872 William Towers was 12 years old. He was caught stealing two rabbits — possibly for food for his family. As punishment William was sent to Wandsworth prison. He was Prisoner 4099. A group of students created and performed a play inspired by William’s experience using real historical documents. The actual records still exist and are kept in The National Archives. This website tells the story. 

Prisoner 4099 was run in partnership with students, teachers and youth workers from the Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB) New College Worcester and LOOK. Youthcomm Radio recorded and edited the performance. 

Visit the Prisoner 4099 minisite