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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As my book ‘Trials of the Self: Murder, Mayhem and the Remaking of the Mind, 1750-1830’ is now out, a short thread on what’s in it! /1 https://manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/9781526153142/

2-36 Jamaica St, 1930
Gardner and Son's warehouse (no. 36, now Martin and Frost) is one of the most remarkable cast-iron warehouses of its date anywhere in Britain; built 1855-6 by John Baird I and using a structural system patented by R McConnel, ironfounder. Archive Ref:

‘The Openings’ Robin Hoods Bay. In Victorian times it was often called ‘Baytown, to distinguish it from the bay. In 1536 King Henry VIII’s topographer, John Leland, described the village as a ‘a fischer townelet of 20 bootes.' It was considered more important than Whitby

On 26th April 1867, the Hull whaler Diana returned to port after 353 days away, mostly spent trapped in ice in Frobisher Bay in the Arctic. 13 men died of scurvy and dysentery.  Captain  John Gravill is buried in Hull General Cemetery. 15,000 people attended his funeral.

Some fascinating figures in the doorway of this Holloway Penny Bazaar, 1914.

And an interesting reflection in the left hand window @sainsburyarch !

🇬🇩 I've been lucky enough to work in several archives in the Caribbean. They all have amazing staff doing great work on tiny budget, but this is worrying news from Grenada. Side note: Caribbean history is also British history (via @nowgrenada) https://www.nowgrenada.com/2021/04/video-dire-state-of-grenadas-national-archive-needs-urgent-attention/

Is this ghost like figure #SomethingScary or a trick of the light captured in this photograph of the billiard room at Carton House c. 1891? #Archive30

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#MapMonday Station Road, #Belvedere on 1907 @OrdnanceSurvey #map and 1906 #photo showing the railway station in the background @LBofBexley @BelvedereForum @Se_Railway

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If you aren't using this website for your #WWI research then you are missing out. It's my No 1 go-to every single time I find a client's WWI ancestor. #Genealogy https://twitter.com/1418research/status/1386718002612215814