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The only Welsh equivalent- i.e. a commercial photographer taking photographs of working women to sell in his shop was W Clayton of Iron Street, Tredegar but examples of these are as rare as hens teeth and I’ve never seen any for sale anywhere.

Picked up another ‘pit brow lass’ by John Cooper of Wigan. I love those boots and the confident pose. Circa early 1870’s. Collection now up to four!


The latest Criminal Portraits blog features the second part of the story of Catherine Anderson who was tried twice for child murder:


This is Kate Freke circa 1882. Born in 1863 she was the sister of Alfred Freke photographer of 253 Bute Street in Cardiff. Kate may well have developed this picture herself as she worked as photographers assistant in the studio for over 30 years. She married in 1916 & died 1939.


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‘The weakness of the dangerous classes’: attitudes to poverty are at the heart of my teaching this term

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Portraits of the criminal past

May 26, 2020

A new blog devoted to a fascinating collection of criminal ‘mugshots’ held by Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives has been launched by City Archivist, Phil Astley.

Cot in a Victorian bedroom

Bastardy before the courts in nineteenth-century Hull

March 16, 2020

Dr Joanne Chilman looks at bastardy cases that came before the courts in Hull during the nineteenth century to reveal the rich history of the women and families involved in these courtroom trials.

Crime, criminality and the provincial press

March 16, 2020

In his latest blog, Dr Ashley Borrett examines the pages of the provincial press and reveals the ‘voices’ of some of the key players in the crime and criminal justice debates of interwar Hull.

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