Original Air Date - 3 February 2014
Station - BBC Radio
Show - World War I at Home
Duration - 6:49 minutes
Clip available here
|Miniature Rifle Range - 1914-1916|
(From Imperial War Museum - fair use policy)
The programme doesn't have a narrator but the bulk of the narration is provided by Sally Dixon-Smith (Collections Curator at the Tower of London) and Kevin Kitcher (Yeoman Warder at the Tower of London).
The first interesting tidbit is a note that more people were executed within the Tower of London in the 20th century than under the Tudors (e.g. Henry VII and his many wives). Many people think of the modern Tower as a place for the Crown Jewels and not as a place of execution, so it comes as a shock to realize how many people were executed in the Tower from 1914 to 1941.
(From Imperial War Museum)
As an aside, the original Adrian Hill sound clip is held by the Imperial War Museum (Reel 1 - 0:00 to 5:00). Adrian ended up serving in France during World War I as a war artist. After the war, Adrian coined the term "art therapy" recognizing that art could help to heel the psychological wounds that scarred the veterans even more than the physical wounds.
|Yeoman Warder Kevin Kitcher|
(From Londonist out Loud)
This last bit of information is in regards to Josef Jakobs. In the early morning hours of August 15, 1941, Josef was brought to the Tower of London from Wandsworth Prison. Josef was held in the "M.I. Waiting Room" after arriving at the Tower before being taken to the miniature rifle range. It is possible that the M.I. Waiting Room is part of #29 Casemates, the old medical centre at the Tower.
4.5 out of 5 - well done episode which provided some new information