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A list of some of the women (their 'crimes' & sentences) who were held in Ripon's House of Correction. Separate women’s cells were added in 1840 . @PolHisSoc1985 @Police_Gazette @BD1policemuseum @BritPoliceHist @ourcriminalpast @RiponTogether


Call for papers: Maternal Bodies in the Long Nineteenth Century. A free, one day symposium to be held at the Foundling Museum in London on 21 April 2020. Please RT.

1830 Ripon Quarter Sessions were held in Bondgate, whilst the new Courthouse was built. There Samuel Winn was appointed as Liberty Police Officer 'to prevent the increase of crime.'@PolHisSoc1985 @Police_Gazette @BD1policemuseum @BritPoliceHist @ourcriminalpast @RiponTogether


@PolHisSoc1985 @Police_Gazette @BD1policemuseum @BritPoliceHist @ourcriminalpast @RiponTogether In April 1831, Michael Foxton, builder of the new Courthouse asked for more money. He was awarded £30 by the Mayor, a Liberty Justice & a Charter Justice (an Alderman).

Ripon City Police button with the city's horn symbol. The force properly started in 1857, after the 'County & Borough Police Act' 1856. @PolHisSoc1985 @Police_Gazette @BD1policemuseum @BritPoliceHist @ourcriminalpast @RiponTogether

Very excited that today not one, but two articles about my public history work have been published online!

First up, a reflection on creating @hullblitztrail on @UrbanHistoryCUP #FirstView

This police detective on board a sailing boat refused to have his details recorded on the 1891 census. Wonder what he was working on that made him so secretive? #history #policing

Criminal Quilts looking lovely in the sunny cells at @JusticeMuseum. I’ve had a great day planning collaborations with @alyspowerdesign and Tim Fowler 😀


1808 Mary Holmes was detained in Ripon House of Correction, tried & 'found to be a rogue & vagabond.' She was taken to Kirby Hill vagrant depot to be sent back her 'place of legal settlement.' @Police_Gazette @BD1policemuseum @BritPoliceHist @ourcriminalpast @RiponTogether

Phase 1 of our store move completed on schedule thanks to sterling work from the whole heritage team. Bring on the roller-racking! #museumgeeks #nowforasitdown #SquadGoals #ExploreYourArchive #SaturdayThoughts


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Five women – five families’ search for justice

November 20, 2019

A new book from the team behind hit BBC series Murder, Mystery and My Family features compelling true-crime stories of female killers and their families’ search for justice.

Exploring female drunkenness in Victorian Lancashire

July 23, 2019

Utilising a range of archival sources, Dr Craig Stafford charts the criminal lives of drunken women in 19th century Lancashire.

Tracing gang members – the complicated case of Charles ‘Darby’ Sabini

May 14, 2019

With the Peaky Blinders set to return to our screens later this year, Prof Heather Shore takes a look at the complicated lives of one of the families that has featured in the series, the Sabinis.

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