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

Written by City Archivist, Phil Astley, ‘Criminal Portraits’ features images found in the ‘Register of Returned Convicts for Aberdeen’ covering 1869 to 1939 and a much larger album containing 930 images taken at HM General Prison Perth.

A small selection of the images have previously been included in exhibitions for the ‘Granite Noir’ crime writing festival in 2019 and 2020, which takes place in Aberdeen during February. The incredible response to these images from the public convinced the organisers that they deserved a wider audience.

Read the blog here.

Latest Updates on Twitter

Cardiff is so alien in this shot. Cardiff Central Station is in the middle. Is that HMS Hamadryad in the mud on the right? https://twitter.com/GlamArchives/status/1321101035407134721

The latest Seeking Surrey Ancestors blog explores the many resources available for tracing criminal ancestors http://ow.ly/L60150C3CUU
#AncestryHour #Genealogy
@digipanoptic @ourcriminalpast

It’s half term for me, after a tough eight weeks. Will be editing these this week and maybe, possibly, some will end up published.

Interested in Researching your #Polish Ancestors? The National Institute for Genealogical Studies offers many courses specifically for individual countries. Course scheduled to begin Nov 2nd. Register today! #genealogy #familyhistory
Polish Ancestors: https://www.genealogicalstudies.com/eng/courses.asp?courseID=247

We’ve created access time slots at Streetlife Museum and @HullFerens, at times when we know it will be less busy for visitors who would benefit from that.

To book your ticket please visit https://www.hcandl.co.uk/museums-and-galleries

We explore the history of fairs in this special blog, which you can read here: https://bit.ly/34Wt6HZ unsurprisingly, they have rather ancient origins! #WDYTYA

Journey into @Coventry_Police today to rescue an old police box, ready to preserve for the future 🤓👮

It was blue once upon a time...

And where is the emoji for a tardis when you need one???

4

Excitingly, the service records for the Grenadier Guards have just been transferred to @UKNatArchives. https://www.whodoyouthinkyouaremagazine.com/news/grenadier-guards-records-released/ #wdytya #whodoyouthinkyouare #davidwalliams

@ourcriminalpast @IslaBroadwell @PrisonTwist @CrimJustNetwork @JusticeMuseum @VicPrisonVoices @DigiVics @MuseumLiverpool @Lancs_Heritage Thank you! We published a short piece on Everton lock-up last year, but we'd be grateful for any more info or stories about it https://www.prisonhistory.org/featured-lock-up-everton-lock-up/