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Convict prison lives in Victorian London

April 24, 2018

Helen Johnston, Barry Godfrey and David Cox look at convict prison lives in Victorian London.

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‘Beyond the control of his parents’: Reformatory and Industrial Schools in Yorkshire

April 11, 2018

An overview of the work of reformatory and industrial schools, which were established as a response to a perceived increase in juvenile crime in the nineteenth century.

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Borstal goes to war

April 11, 2014

Among the many combatants who fought during the First World War, a sizeable number had been in penal institutions before the outbreak of the conflict.

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On the beat: stories from 1914-1918

April 11, 2014

A fresh approach to interpreting crime history at Bishop’s Stortford Museum.

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Stockton’s criminal past: promoting a museum’s criminal history collection

April 11, 2014

Take a look at Preston Park Museum’s own criminal history collection.

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Event review by Dr Zoe Alker, Liverpool John Moores University

May 17, 2013

The first AHRC ‘Our Criminal Past’ network event at the London Metropolitan Archives.

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‘Closing and Opening Prisons’

April 11, 2013

A special issue of the Prison Service Journal explores the impact of closures and openings of prisons on those involved in the system.

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Our own Prof Shore (@ourcriminalpast), is in this month's @HistoryExtra talking about the idea of the Victorian underworld:

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A must read for anyone interested in the "underworld" from a very thoughtful and astute historian. Before we imagined professional crime as #organizedcrime, we thought of it as an underworld - and some still do #twitterstorians. https://t.co/JTu4J8gAae

An everyday tale of death from caressing a mad cat. #history #1820s #research #newspapers #hydrophobia #death

Out this week!! Heather Shore challenges misconceptions about 19th century crime in BBC History magazine @HistoryExtra @becketthistory @ourcriminalpast @BBC

#Transcribe the prison record of Ah Koon imprisoned for burglary in 1895 #twitterstorians https://t.co/WxHSti0MRT

Stumbled on this very familiar trial from @OldBaileyOnline today https://t.co/SRF2n3ROLB -case resulting from infamous 1885 Maiden Tribute of Modern Babylon. Found myself wondering, not for the first time, what became of little Eliza Armstrong when it was all over? #ESRCvictims

I feel inspired to research some women but there were no female police detectives in 19th century England, so I’m investigating the lives of detectives’ wives, as they were generally overlooked. I’m starting with Amelia Caminada. #womenshistory

An 1861 survey named all the 14,000+ adult workhouse inmates in England & Wales who had been resident for 5+ years. Now all listed via links under the 'Inmates' section on each union's web page on https://t.co/hunTf5jT7y