Articles

Historical perspectives on imprisonment

November 20, 2019

The latest issue of the Prison Service Journal features articles offering a historical perspective on various aspects of imprisonment, reaching from penal reform to prison financing systems.

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Petitioning for mercy in mid-nineteenth century Yorkshire

May 14, 2019

This article, by Dick Hunter, examines petitions for clemency in Yorkshire courts in the mid-nineteenth century, with a case study of Sarah Ann Hill, who was sentenced to death for the murder of her new-born child in 1851 but whose sentence was commuted to transportation.

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Disability and the Victorian prison

May 14, 2019

Prof Helen Johnston and Dr Jo Turner examine what life was like for the disabled prisoner in the nineteenth century convict system.

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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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In our latest instalment of 'Tales from Surgeons' Hall' our Human Remains Conservator, Cat Irving, discusses corrosion casts.

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We wrote about our efforts to order Cary Grant's birth certificate from our local register office in our October issue: http://www.whodoyouthinkyouaremagazine.com/issue/october-2019 https://twitter.com/bristolarchives/status/1247449273454772229

We've made a free information book explaining the coronavirus to children, illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler, with expert input from @GrahamMedley - you can find out more and download the book for free here https://nosycrow.com/blog/released-today-free-information-book-explaining-coronavirus-children-illustrated-gruffalo-illustrator-axel-scheffler/

Another of our most #FamousArchives is the records of Reading Prison. Not only did #OscarWilde serve his sentence here in 1895 but it was also a place of internment following the Easter Rising in 1916. Discover more here: https://bit.ly/3dZbKhv #Archive30

While on a #lockdown, we at #BeverleyArtGallery want to use this time to #CelebrateOurArtists !
Today's #artist to #celebrate is the #sculptor Emma Stothard, who exhibited her fantastic #wire & #willow #animals in #Beverley in the summer 2019.
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The 15,000 reduction - 18% of the current prison population - has allegedly been recommended by Public Health England and the Prison Service (HMPPS). Details are set out in a submission from Prison Governors’ Association @PGA_Prisons to @CommonsJustice - seen by @BBCNews

As a museum-of-London-via-policing, we hope we qualify for #LocalMuseumsUnite, as we have the ideal archive entry for #BalloonFlight thanks to Jules Verne and the 1880s @MPSEastBarnet station library ledger...

Check out this useful intro to ‘Beyond the control of his parents’: Reformatory and Industrial Schools in Yorkshire - Our Criminal Ancestors by ⁦@lucie_wade⁩ #familyhistory #crimehistory #juvenileoffenders https://ourcriminalancestors.org/2018/04/beyond-the-control-of-his-parents-reformatory-and-industrial-schools-in-yorkshire/

Prisons Timeline - new to prison history? Here’s a basic introduction to help you find out what it might have been like for your ancestor in prison. Our Criminal Ancestors #crimehistory #familyhistory #prisonhistory https://ourcriminalancestors.org/prisons/