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Professor Jo Phoenix giving an @OpenUniversity Inaugural Lecture on the topic:

"Youth Crime and Justice: Does Age Matter?" @JoPhoenix1

Tuesday 21st May 2019, 6pm-7pm, Open University Walton Hall Campus, MK.

Registration here:

Hope to see you there!

** Interviewees needed for PhD research on the docks in Liverpool and Glasgow **

If you or anyone you know might be interested in taking part in this research, please get in touch and I can provide further information.

#oralhistory #twitterstorians #PhDChat #Liverpool #Glasgow

With publication imminent, a huge thanks is due to @Routledge_Phil for ensuring all has gone smoothly #twitterstorians #histchild #histed

Ethel Major - check out Ethel’s fascinating case on ⁦⁦@Chalkboard_TV⁩ Murder, Mystery and My Family, Series 2 starts ⁦@BBC⁩ Monday 25th, Ethel’s case on Fri 5th April 9:15am featuring interviews with us ⁦@UniOfHull⁩ ⁦@FACEHull⁩

Poverty, Prisons, Disease and Death were four characteristics of life for many ordinary people in York in the early 19th century.

Hear more about these histories at our FREE half-day event on 16th April @YorkCastle @clemhallhistory @YorkExplore

@earlypolicing @CaPnetworkUK @ourcriminalpast. Crime and Punishment Collections website is the place to go: We surveyed UK wide criminal justice collections as part of our ACE funded project! #crimehistory #policehistory

If you buy the @yorkshirepost today, you'll see a blurry photo of my face and a lovely article about @RiponMuseums current exhibition Secrets in the Cellar! #fameatlast

We're really pleased that this year's public lecture is being given by our very own Professor Heather Shore. She'll be speaking about her work on the history of youth crime and justice. There are still tickets available, but places are filling up fast!

I'll be appearing on Murder, Mystery and My Family, BBC1 at 9:15am, April 5th, with my @ourcriminalpast colleague Prof Helen Johnston. We revisit the case of Ethel Major, who was hanged at Hull Prison for the murder of her husband in December 1934. But was she guilty?

From Artful Dodgers to Borstal Boys: Negotiating Histories of Youth Justice - Professor Heather Shore inaugural lecture Weds 1st May - more details click through and register⁩ ⁦@becketthistory⁩ ⁦@BeckettResearch⁩

Latest Blogs


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.

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.

Upcoming Events

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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.