Listen to Amy Goodheart, a teacher being interviewed on TV about the
London Dungeon, a rather special London museum. Then answer this
question. What is she doing?
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Now listen again to Amy Goodheart,
interviewed by Ronald Duster, while you check the transcription of
her interview below.
Goodheart is fascinated by villains. Her interest has taken her to a
cold dark cellar full of some of the most horrible faces in history.
She has been to the London Dungeon. Tell us what you found there,
Well, the Dungeon is an exhibition of British
medieval history, but actually it concentrates on torture,
punishment, disease and death.
So you saw some pretty major villains there?
Not specific villains, no, but people who were
punished for crimes, whether they were real or imaginary, people who
were tortured because they didn't believe in the right things. So in
lots of ways it's not the villains who are there but the victims.
Could you describe some of the punishments
these victims suffered then?
Well, for instance, in those days, if they
wanted you to confess to some crime, and you wouldn't, well, they
would pile a lot of heavy stones on top of you until you died. So in
that case we'd say the villain was the man who was trying to get you
to confess, but not the person who was actually suffering the
torture. I mean, they could do all sorts of terrible things to you,
even though you probably weren't guilty at all. And in the London
Dungeon you feel as if you're actually watching those terrible
How long has it been going?
And who came up with the idea for such a
Well, it was first thought of by a nice lady
who was a London housewife. She had three children, and her name was
Annabel Geddes. And she started it because she'd taken her children
to the Tower of London, and there were all sorts of notices and
descriptions of bloody deeds, but there was no blood at all, and the
children were very disappointed. And she thought that, you know,
perhaps something actually showing the blood did have a place and
would have a certain appeal. So she started this.
How did she go about it?
It was difficult at first because she had no
experience; she'd never been in any kind of business at all. Er, so
she went and talked to a few of her friends, and her bank. And then
she was introduced to a few film set designers: and so it built up
How popular is the museum? How many people
visit it every year?
Over four hundred thousand.
And why do you think people want to see
something like that?
It's difficult to say, but everybody is sort
of fascinated by things that frighten them. And I, I think that
because everything that's shown happened a long time ago, people can
go and look at it, and when they get to the end, they can shrug
their shoulders and say, 'But isn't it good that we don't treat
anybody like that any more?' I don't know why children are so
fascinated, but an awful lot of children go there, and you'd think
they would be frightened, but they actually love it.
Now it's in, I think, quite an old part of the
city really. Erm, are there any real life ghosts there at all?
I'm not absolutely sure, and quite honestly
I'm not brave enough to stay there at night to find out !!
The London Dungeon
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The exhibits in the London Dungeon concentrate on torture,
punishment, disease and . The Dungeon
shows, for example, criminals being tortured with
. But these people were actually not
You did not have to be of a crime to suffer .
The London Dungeon was started in by a London
. She had the idea after she had
taken her children to the Tower of
London. The children were disappointed in the Tower
because they could not see
Now the London Dungeon is visited by more than people every
year. All these people must enjoy being .
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