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Newsflash: all History departments in the UK have good people in them. The ridiculous academic job market in our subject is such that cuts to any department will have an effect on the health of our discipline, and who gets to be taught it. It’s everyone’s fight now.

Keep registering for #prisonshist conference, New Histories of Impris in England, 1500-1850(ish), @KebleOxford! See poster below for speakers + details ⬇️ Free to attend:

Pleased to work alongside Rachel Wood at @saltairestories to launch a competition aimed at Y9 Bradford pupils to create a graphic novel story for @BurnsHistory on the unsung heroes of the Bradford City Stadium fire. Please RT @becketthistory @leedsbeckett @WYFRS @BradfoBurnsUnit

Over on our Research Exchange blog, @janetlweston has been reflecting on the limits of thinking about HIV/AIDs as a matter of human rights in the 1990s, and the place of this within the dynamic history of prisons.

I’m (Heather) off to the @BritishAcademy_ to talk to @thehistoryguy and 300 young people from schools and colleges about Victorian youth/street crime.

We are delighted to confirm that @lizzieevens won the SHS Poster Prize at #SHS2019. You can find a copy of the winning poster in our official announcement #twitterstorians #phdchat

In 1909 @leicspolice Boro PC John Mason was presented with a silver tipped walking cane by Leicester Boro Police Band. In 1960 his family loaned the cane to Leicester City Police as part of an exhibition, and was never seen again.


Just in case you missed it earlier we have launched our 1893 Special Edition #Saltaire map today. Prices start at just £10. Further details can be found at our website: Please ReTweet 😃
#localhistory #familyhistory #genealogy #ancestry #maps #Yorkshire


A little obsessed with prison plans at the’s a sketch by George Dance of the new Newgate (c.1770s) held at @LdnMetArchives that I wish I could use in my thesis but probably won’t as I need the more detailed, final version (sob)

Latest Blogs

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.


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.

Upcoming Events

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Our Criminal Ancestors Workshop

June 28, 2019

Come and share your stories and experiences of researching the criminal past of your families or your local communities at our workshop on Friday 28 June 2019, which is being held at Hull History Centre.