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  1. 4 points
    Built in 1896 and in continuous use until 1995, this pinwheel style quaker prison was a reflection of a similar one located nearby. You can tour that one for a few dollars and take as many pictures as you like. This one was not so easy.... It was the site of a controversial decades-long dermatological, pharmaceutical, and biochemical weapons research projects involving testing on inmates. The prison is also notable for several major riots in the early 1970s. The prison was home to several trials which raised several ethical and moral questions pertaining to the extent to which humans can be experimented on. In many cases, inmates chose to undergo several inhumane trials for the sake of small monetary reward. The prison was viewed as a human laboratory. “All I saw before me were acres of skin. It was like a farmer seeing a fertile field for the first time.” Dr. X One inmate described experiments involving exposure to microwave radiation, sulfuric and carbonic acid, solutions which corroded and reduced forearm epidermis to a leather-like substance, and acids which blistered skin in the testicular areas. In addition to exposure to harmful chemical agents, patients were asked to physically exert themselves and were immediately put under the knife to remove sweat glands for examination. In more gruesome accounts, fragments of cadavers were stitched into the backs of inmates to determine if the fragments could grow back into functional organs. So common was the experimentation that in the 1,200-person prison facility, around 80% to 90% of inmates could be seen experimented on. The rise of testing harmful substances on human subjects first became popularized in the United States when President Woodrow Wilson allowed the Chemical Warfare Service (CAWS) during World War I. All inmates who were tested upon in the trials had consented to the experimentation, however, they mostly agreed for incentives like monetary compensation. Experiments in the prison often paid around $30 to $50 and even as much as $800. “I was in prison with a low bail. I couldn’t afford the monies to pay for bail. I knew that I wasn’t guilty of what I was being held for. I was being coerced to plea bargain. So, I thought, if I can get out of this, get me enough money to get a lawyer, I can beat this. That was my first thought.” I expected to find an epic medical ward only to be filled with disappointment. The practice was so common I can only assume it was conducted everywhere. Many advocates of the prison trials, such as Solomon McBride, who was an administrator of the prisons, remained convinced that there was nothing wrong with the experimentation at the Holmesburg prison. McBride argued that the experiments were nothing more than strapping patches of cloth with lotion or cosmetics onto the backs of patients and argued this was a means for prisoners to earn an easy income. The negative public opinion was particularly heightened by the 1973 Congressional Hearing on Human Experimentation. The hearing was supposed to discuss the Tuskegee Syphilis Study and clarify the ethical and legal implications of human experimental research. This climate called for a conscious public which rallied against the use of vulnerable populations such as prisoners as guinea pigs. Companies and organizations who associated themselves with human testing faced severe backlash. Amidst the numerous senate hearings, public relation nightmares, and opponents to penal experimentation, county prison boards realized human experimentation was no longer acceptable to the American public. Swiftly, human testing on prisoners was phased out of the United States. Only a renovated gymnasium is considered suitable for holding inmates. That building is frequently used for overflow from other city jails. The district attorney launched an extensive two year investigation documenting hundreds of cases of the rape of inmates. The United States had ironically been strong enforcers of the Nuremberg Code and yet had not followed the convention until the 1990s. The Nuremberg code states: “[T]he person involved should have legal capacity to give consent; should be so situated as to be able to exercise free power of choice, without the intervention of any element of force, fraud, deceit, duress, overreaching, or other ulterior form of constraint or coercion; and should have sufficient knowledge and comprehension of the elements of the subject matter involved as to enable him to make an understanding and enlightened decision.” The prison trials violated this definition of informed consent because inmates did not know the nature of materials they were experimented with and only consented due to the monetary reward. America’s shutting down of prison experimentation such as those in the prison signified the compliance of the Nuremberg Code of 1947. You look so precious.
  2. 3 points
    On this trip, we found this litte but nice asylum in the near from the actual objective. Fast in - fast out with realy nice motive's 1. Pflegeheim 60 01 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 2. Pflegeheim 60 02 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 3. Pflegeheim 60 03 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 4. Pflegeheim 60 04 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 5. Pflegeheim 60 05 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 6. Pflegeheim 60 06 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 7. Pflegeheim 60 07 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 8. Pflegeheim 60 08 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 9. Pflegeheim 60 09 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 10. Pflegeheim 60 10 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr
  3. 2 points
    I was not really sure what to expect from this place. It turned out to be a huge industrial playground with loads to have a look at. The size of this spot is awesome and I could not have asked for a better place to give my wide angle lens it's first outing. The workshops where another nice section in here. Some nice old machinery left to see. I really enjoyable explore this one and having a wide angle with me was a great bonus. Visited with non member Paul. HISTORY Pilkingtons was founded in 1826 as a partnership between members of the Pilkington and Greenall families, based in St Helens, Lancashire. It was originally named Greenall and Pilkington up until 1849. On the departure from the partnership of the last Greenall in 1845, the firm became known as Pilkington Brothers. The Kirk Sandall site came into existence in the early 1920's when the firm looked to establish another site in the UK. Kirk Sandall was an ideal situation. Its excellent waterway and railway facilities were conveniently sited, especially since the Great Central Railway Company had doubled its line in the area. After 76 year producing glass, the factory finally closed its doors in 2008. Not much has changed since it closed, most of it has remained abandoned but some of the site is used by Trackwork for training and storage. . Thanks For Looking More pics on my Flickr page - https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/72157684315511034/with/35460637944/
  4. 1 point
    King’s Hall Southall Visited with @GK_WAX and @Lavino. This was a long arsed day but a good un non the less. The lads picked me up just gone midnight for the long drive down south. I’d been to a gig and I was smashed hoping to get some sleep in the car. Fat chance of that. After nailing some greasy takeaway on my way back from town and downing a crate of redbulls I was pretty awake, sobered up and ready for some derpingz. After gaining access, which was very straightforward we found ourselves a lovely skanky little room to chill out in for a couple of hours whilst we waited for sunrise. Bumped into two other explorers in there who gave @GK_WAX a heart attack LOL! It’s a pretty cool place this, a lot bigger than what photo’s you see online, but all of the rooms at the back are pretty much the same old derpy office/classroom type and not much character to photograph. It’s amazing that this place hasn’t been shut for as long as it looks because it’s super fooked. Absolutely hammered with pigeons and mountains of their shit. Plaster falling down from every possible point, the floors are all warped like some big shit parquet Mexican wave, but still it is a pretty unique building with some lovely tiling and worth popping over to if you’re around this way. After here we tried a few other places in the area and on the way back, sadly to no avail. You can’t win em all eh. So yeah long arse drive home just in time to watch the footy order a pizza and get back on the beers. History Located in Southall, Middlesex, in the west of Greater London. The King’s Hall was built in 1916 and was designed by architect Sir Alfred Gelder of Hull. The King’s Hall building has a 3-storey red brick and stone facade. It was operated by the Uxbridge and Southall Wesleyan Mission and it was soon screening religious films. By 1926, it was operating as a regular cinema, still managed by the Methodist church. The King’s Hall Cinema was closed in 1937. It then reverted back to a Methodist Church use as the King’s Hall Methodist Church. They vacated the building in January 2013. Pics
  5. 1 point
    1: Waves and sunshine.... by P Z, on Flickr 2: Suite by P Z, on Flickr 3: All i need is some nice literature.... by P Z, on Flickr 4: it lurks in the shadows... by P Z, on Flickr 5: Personal Hygiene... by P Z, on Flickr Amazing decay in this abandoned hotel, we had a great time here, only the 2 thieves were very uncool..... grts P.
  6. 1 point
    Quite a big place this one with some great decay throughout. Spent a good few hours round here enjoying a relaxed explore. Some parts of the building are worse than others .There has also been some vandalism and shit graff left behind. Not enough to spoil the over all feel of the place though. And like I said, the decay is awesome. Visited with non member Paul. HISTORY Our Lady’s Hospital first opened its doors in 1868 and was then known as Ennis District Lunatic Asylum. For 134 years it continued to operate on the same site as a mental hospital and indeed until the 1950s very little changed in the manner in which it was run. The hospital was one of the largest public buildings in County Clare and was both a large employer and purchaser of goods from local suppliers.It played an important role in the economic life of Ennis, especially in earlier years when jobs were scarce and pensionable positions were highly prized. Wards were very overcrowded with up to 70 beds per room, with only inches between. It closed in 2002 and there are currently no plans for its development. . . . . . Thanks For Looking More pics on my Flickr page - https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/72157662358523548/with/37531708144/
  7. 1 point
    A small but nice chapelle in Belgium... 1. Chapelle D M 01 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 2. Chapelle D M 02 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 3. Chapelle D M 03 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 4. Chapelle D M 04 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 5. Chapelle D M 05 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 6. Chapelle D M 06 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 7. Chapelle D M 07 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr 8. Chapelle D M 08 by Miaro Digital, auf Flickr
  8. 1 point
    Once upon a time there was a prosperous father and his mentally ill son. Instead of giving the son to lunatic asylum he decided to try to cure his son on his own. Breathing his last the father willed to spend all of his property to the research of mental illness. According to his directive Villa Sbertoli was converted into a lunatic aylum after his death. During the times several buildings and a huge park were added. The asylum has been closed in the 1970s. The paintings in the cellar witness the inhabitants situation at the asylum. Although mainly the Villa appears very to be "decoratetd" Villa Sbertoli I felt it's a very impressive place. #1 DSC07975 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #2 DSC07942 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #3 DSC07943 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #4 DSC07945 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #5 DSC07946 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #6 DSC07970 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #7 DSC07952 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #8 DSC07953 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #9 DSC07969 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #10 DSC07947 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #11 DSC07948 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #12 DSC07950 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #13 DSC07949 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #14 DSC07955 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #15 DSC07956 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #16 DSC07957 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #17 DSC07959 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #18 DSC07944 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #19 DSC07971 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #20 DSC07973 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #21 DSC07979 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #22 DSC07980 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #23 DSC07981 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #24 DSC07983 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #25 DSC07984 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #26 DSC07985 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #27 DSC07987 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr #28 DSC07988 by Ghost-Scooter, auf Flickr
  9. 1 point
    This is a spectacular location for sure, surrounded by wonderful dramatic coastline. If you've got time I'd recommend bringing a packed lunch!! You could be watching the waves crash against the rugged cliffs, maybe if you're lucky you might spot a seal or a puffin passing by. Here in 1951 plans were set up to build a plant which would extract bromine from sea water and by adding sulphuric acid would then create liquid bromine. The bromine was then reacted with ethylene to produce Dibromoethane which was a key component of leaded petrol. With the phasing out of leaded petrol in the 1990's the plant diversified into other bromine chemicals. Production finally stopped altogether in March 2004. Many of the buildings have been demolished but there was enough standing to make this high on my wish list - plenty of natural decay and lots of interesting stuff left on site. Its been fairly undisturbed due to a combination of its remote location, CCTV and onsite security. Sadly though a recent fire has badly damaged one of the buildings (not quite sure which one). The photos in this report are a compilation. I had to make a return visit because the first time I somehow missed the conference room and the main attraction for me - the medical area. I really like how much variety there is, hence why there's quite a few pics
  10. 1 point
    Thanks! I look forward to see your photos from there.
  11. 1 point
    Thanks mate. Well happy if the lens. Yep the place is a big one bud. I know what you mean about the red dust. I looks cool though
  12. 1 point
    Looks like the workshop has taken a bit of a battering . That place is massive isn't it? That red dust got right up the nostrils too. Cool shots with the new lens mate, i've always meant to swing by here again
  13. 1 point
    it has been a museum for a while but is abandoned for a few years.
  14. 1 point
    Cheers for posting, makes a nice change not to hear horrific music on the vids.
  15. 1 point
    This is what its about. Cracking write up and great pcitures to match. Good enough, im going to share it again.
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    Villa Sbertoli was built in the early 1800s by wealthy merchant Agostino Sbertoli. According to some sources he decided to turn the villa into a psychiatric hospital because he had a disabled son, whom he tried to cure all his life. On his death bed he decided to devote all his possessions to a charity for the mentally ill, even their, so that his son could feel at home. It was inaugurated as a psychiatric hospital in 1868. During World War II it was used by the Nazis to hold prisoners but afterwards was sold to the province and used as a psychiatric hospital again. In 1978 "Law Basaglia" (a reform of the Italian psychiatric system) was passed and the hospital was forced to close. By 1990 it was abandoned completely. Really liked it in here, the main hall is stunning and there are a few medical rooms upstairs. Perhaps a bit staged in one or two of them but interesting all the same. The building next door had some nice bits as well. Unfortunately we got off to a bad start by bumping into Jonny the security guard. He seemed like a really nice guy but it was difficult to communicate with him. Luckily @Miss.Anthropewas on hand with her mystical ability to understand everything a foreigner says in a language she doesn't speak. He wanted 20 Euros off each of us to let us inside, and that's why he was being so nice. Now I'm not really into paying for explores so we told him we had no money on us. He didn't like this predicament much so we eventually reached a settlement of 5 Euros for the both of us. A sum we could happily live with! Nice one bruvva
  18. 1 point
    Really nice, nice to see some areas that I havent seen before too Those walkways are nice and the frontage is spectacular! Really like this
  19. 1 point
    Good stuff m8ty. Looks rather nice does that. And good to see you still out and about.
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  22. 1 point
    Looks nice this one, good to see it's still doable
  23. 1 point
    Top stuff that, and good to see a recent update on the place I don't think i've seen that chapel area before Featured
  24. 1 point
    Nailed it my mate. That's what its all about.
  25. 1 point
    Interesting report and a great set of photos.
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