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Conference announcement: registration is now open for 'Bentham and Australia: Convicts, Utility, and Empire', which will take place at Bentham House, @UCLLaws on 11-12 April 2019.

For more details please visit the conference registration page:

"HOUISON'S HE-CREATURE: A #ValentinesDay Story of Unrequited Love" by @OldParramatta. 175 years ago today #Cupid was "flinging his shafts" at a #convict servant in architect James Houison's stunning colonial home at 64 Macquarie St, #Parramatta! #OzHist


Read blog about victim blaming in trials of prostitute pickpockets in turn-of-the-century Melbourne #twitterstorians #crimhist #HCNet

#jobclaxon We are recruiting a fully funded PhD studentship on industrial workers as readers and writers in the long c19th. Details here:

Two months until our conference on early C20th law and lit and 4 days left at the bargain early bird price! Do register if you can come and follow us if you can't! @msatweet @modernistudies @LawCrimeHistory @UnivEnglish @ourcriminalpast @Law_Cult_Huma

Stolen Things, by Paul Rooney, our new immersive sound installation @RiponMuseums Courthouse Museum, opens to the public tomorrow at 1pm. Private View for invited guests tonight #contemporaryart @ace_national @ArtsandHeritage

New blog post, medievalists take note!
Femme Sole Status: A Failed Feminist Dream? via @legalmiscellany

Say hello to Ned. Cardiff pimp and brothel keeper from the age of 17. Well connected in the Welsh capital he once avoided gaol after his mum convinced the magistrate he was a ‘good boy and had changed his ways...’

This bird's-eye view of Kirk O'Field illustrates the murder of Lord Darnley - husband to #MaryQueenofScots - which took place #otd 1567.

As well as a close-up of the gruesome crime scene, it also depicts Darnley's infant son, the future James VI of Scotland and I of England.

Absolutely love @historylabpod & @GuyWoolnough will too. Seasons 1 & 2 now out

Latest Blogs

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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.

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Read all about it! Using newspapers in your crime research

September 24, 2018

Ashley Borrett discusses the importance of newspapers when researching the history of crime.

Upcoming Events

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Researching Criminal Ancestors – Hornsea & District Civic Society

March 20, 2019

7:30-9:30pm, United Reformed Church, Newbegin, Hornsea.

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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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Criminal Ancestors – Great Grimsby Family History Group

May 14, 2019

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