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Historical perspectives on imprisonment – part 2

May 26, 2020

The latest Prison Service Journal is the second in a series of special editions offering historical perspectives on a range of prison and criminal justice issues.

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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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We've just put 32 new petitioners' stories online!

You'll find rebels, murderers, playhouse-managers, and Frenchmen, all trying to use the #PowerOfPetitioning to woo Charles II.

Read them for yourself here: https://petitioning.history.ac.uk/investigating-petitioners/petitioners-in-the-reign-of-charles-ii-1660-1685/

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Public History Research Seminar, 4pm this Friday: Dr Gillian O'Brien, 'A Captive Audience: Prison Museums and Dark Tourism?' Email happhistseminars2021@gmail.com to attend. All Welcome! @gillianmobrien @HAPPatQUB @QUB_History @qubpublichist @LJMU

1/ Today's #lostprisonsofDublin is the City Marshalsea, a debtors prison which from 1704 to 1805 was located on Merchant’s Quay between Skipper's Lane and Swan Alley. The inmates would cry out to passers-by for charity to pay for their maintenance or discharge their debts.

If you missed our webinar on the subject of criminal mugshots, which was part of @GraniteNoirFest, you can catch up via this link:

Phil Astley - Criminal Portraits webinar - Granite Noir 2021 https://youtu.be/UFcOG_7Cv0I via @YouTube

18th century. Liverpool's most feared press gang leaders were 'Jack the Nabber' (a 'piratical-looking scoundrel') and 'Irish John' who led a 'motely crew of desperados'. They would invade brothels and inns to kidnap sailors in the face of strong opposition from the townspeople.

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New boundary signs for the city went up at the weekend, so for #MapMonday here's a map of the city's boundaries in 1930. #Hull as yet to extend to its current area to the west and north.
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Our asylum team continues the story of Orlando Bridgeman, as concern grows at the family home of Weston Hall when letters about his condition continue to arrive. Read more https://staffordshireasylumrecords.wordpress.com/patients/ #staffsasylums (image Weston Hall, County Archaeology Dept/staffspasttrack.org.uk)