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We continue to use many #FirstWorldWar slang words today... #WW1 #slang #DidYouKnow

Childbirth, infancy and childhood: bedtime read by @JessBrandwood on one writer's recollections of health and the working-class family @Writing__Lives

‘Welsh criminal history is under-researched, and 'Crime, Courts and Community in Mid-Victorian Wales' opens a new window onto the experiences of the people of Montgomeryshire.’ #twitterstorians #welshhistory #victorianhistory

#OtD 16 June 1953 construction workers in East Berlin downed tools against a 10% increase in work norms, sparking a ten-day uprising across the country. Workers formed strike committees, took over state media, and fought the army.

"There is a danger that where home-working becomes too strongly branded as a ‘family-friendly’ option for women, gender segregation is further entrenched."
Trace the history of home-working with Summer Showcase exhibitor @HistorianHelen:


In my @HistoryToday article on Lady Chatham, I talk about a machine used to treat her rheumatism through electrical therapy. Here's a picture of one, pioneered by surgeon Miles Partington, who treated Lady C in 1785. #history #twitterstorians #histmed

Jollidays - Herbert Woods in the early 1930s. I've just written a new blog post with some wonderful photographs of the Broads-Haven yard & fleet during that era. @HerbertWoods #NorfolkBroads

Finally found the Pentonville prisoner photographs on find my past. God they are grim....

If you are interested in finding out about your criminal ancestors, we (@ourcriminalpast) are doing a talk at Ripon Library @RiponMuseums next week, details here: also see our website:

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Convict Prison Lives in Victorian London

April 24, 2018

Convict Prison Lives in Victorian London by Helen Johnston, Barry Godfrey and…

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‘Beyond the control of his parents’: Reformatory and Industrial Schools in Yorkshire

April 11, 2018

By Lucie Wade, Leeds Beckett University Reformatory and Industrial schools were Victorian…

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Borstal Goes to War

April 11, 2014

This article was previously published on the Our Criminal Past website on…

Upcoming Events

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Our Criminal Ancestors: Workshop at Ripon Museums (Yorkshire’s Law & Order Museums)

June 20, 2018

Do you have a criminal ancestor? Police constable or prison officer in…