The latest blogs from City Archivist, Phil Astley, who uses the fascinating collection of criminal ‘mugshots’ held by Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives and brings them to life, feature the cases of Neil McPherson, who was a prisoner at Perth, Peterhead and Pentonville, and Catherine Anderson, who was tried twice for child murder.

‘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.

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Free places still available for this online event next week; take a look at the programme details and mini-exhibition here https://www.britishportraits.org.uk/events/portraits-of-crime-the-ethics-of-displaying-real-lives-and-people/, and a link to registration. https://twitter.com/UBPnetwork/status/1458089357831704579

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AGM of the PHS and delighted to announce that our Annual Award for contribution to Police History goes posthumously to Emeritus Professor Clive Emsley… our former academic advisor for 35 years 🙏

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We've posted our Collection of the Month for November! https://www.northamptonmuseums.com/ is located in a C19th prison with some intriguing details still on view. View at https://www.capcollections.org.uk/ and if you'd like to be December's collection. @NorthamptonShoe #crimeandpunishment

One day I'm going to publish a book celebrating the work of Bored Clerks Through The Ages.

Here we have a Royal Naval clerk, with a wonderful piece of nautical time wasting from 1815, which appears in the ship's musters for HMS Grasshopper...

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