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This police file relates to the #mystery of the 11 day disappearance of Agatha Christie. Some believe it was a stunt designed to punish her husbands infidelity. The cost to the Berkshire police conducting the search was £25, an amount her husband refused to reimburse #Archive30

Criminal Quilts is coming to The Brampton Museum and Art Gallery, Newcastle-Under-Lyme, Staffordshire from 25th May to 7th July. This version of the show will include the six miniature quilts owned by Staffordshire Museum Service. @ArchandHeritage


*CFP* 'Feminisms in the Academy'. This conf will bring together academics, staff and students. Topics could include: feminist issues in academia or the impact of feminist perspectives on pedagogy and practice. Non-traditional contributions are welcomed.

Help transcribe prison record of #pickpocket and #barmaid Mollie Brown #labourhistory #crimhist @labour_history

Children from Peckham Road School #Kingstanding on an outing to #Lewis's, #Birmingham to buy a pet #rabbit for the school! [WK/K10/145] #EasterBunny #PhotoFriday

Mrs Howells from Swansea in 1887. Her photograph makes sense from her case notes. 'She is depressed. She sews industriously with her head bent over her work and taking no interest in her surroundings.' In Angelton Asylum, Glamorgan, for at least 20 years.

On July 24th 1907 Mabel Greenhill had a breakdown at Cardiff train station. It was thought to have been caused by 'over-studying' and she spend just under a year at Angelton Asylum in Glamorgan before the 20 year old was released as cured in May 1908.


Map Showing Number of Public Houses in a District of Central London, 1899 from Rowntree, Joseph & Arthur Sherwell. 1899. The Temperance Problem and Social Reform.

Latest Blogs


Figuring out the past: crime statistics as social history

March 4, 2019

What can crime statistics tell us about the past? PhD researcher, Ashley Borrett, examines the interwar crime rates for Hull to find out more.

cover of the Hull and East Riding source guide

WDYTYA? Our Criminal Ancestors in 50 Family History websites to watch in 2019

February 12, 2019

Our Criminal Ancestors features in Who Do You Think You Are? magazine’s 50 websites to watch in 2019.

Discovering the truth about the lives of Robert Connolly

November 26, 2018

Researcher Eddie Mullan investigates the ‘lives’ of ancestor Robert Connolly, a man who turned out to have a colouful and criminal past.

Upcoming Events

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From Artful Dodgers to Borstal Boys: Negotiating Histories of Youth Justice

May 1, 2019

In this public and inaugural lecture, Professor Heather Shore will reflect upon on her research on historical youth justice from the early nineteenth to the twentieth century.

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Unlocking Your Family History

May 11, 2019

Discover how to trace your ancestors in the criminal justice and workhouse systems in this special one-day event at the Ripon Workhouse Museum.

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Criminal Ancestors – Great Grimsby Family History Group

May 14, 2019

7:30pm, Town Hall, Town Hall Square, Grimsby.