Blogs

Tracing gang members – the complicated case of Charles ‘Darby’ Sabini

May 14, 2019

With the Peaky Blinders set to return to our screens later this year, Prof Heather Shore takes a look at the complicated lives of one of the families that has featured in the series, the Sabinis.

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Figuring out the past: crime statistics as social history

March 4, 2019

What can crime statistics tell us about the past? PhD researcher, Ashley Borrett, examines the interwar crime rates for Hull to find out more.

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WDYTYA? Our Criminal Ancestors in 50 Family History websites to watch in 2019

February 12, 2019

Our Criminal Ancestors features in Who Do You Think You Are? magazine’s 50 websites to watch in 2019.

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Discovering the truth about the lives of Robert Connolly

November 26, 2018

Researcher Eddie Mullan investigates the ‘lives’ of ancestor Robert Connolly, a man who turned out to have a colouful and criminal past.

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Read all about it! Using newspapers in your crime research

September 24, 2018

Ashley Borrett discusses the importance of newspapers when researching the history of crime.

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National Archives: Collaboration between the Archive and Higher Education Sectors

July 13, 2018

Our Criminal Ancestors project is featured as a case study in a recent publication from the National Archives.

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Why I’m a fan of using digital archives

April 11, 2014

A postgraduate student’s research experience by Stephen Basdeo, Leeds Trinity University.

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Our Criminal Past: digitisation, social media and crime history

May 17, 2013

Jo Turner reviews the first of three research networking workshops looking at the preservation and presentation of the criminal past.

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@Dan_Johnson19 @LincolnCastle @interwarcrime @ourcriminalpast At Gloucester Prison, day rooms originally for prisoners awaiting trial or those serving short terms in gaol - only convicts separated day and night. Later overcrowding meant convicts sometimes put together to work.

I’ve just written about the HMP Wandsworth quilt for my book, which is exhibited at the V&A museum and was created by inmates of the prison. The quilt draws on the architectural layout of the prison, which reflects Bentham’s panopticon design
https://t.co/H3MyFRjsMu

Last call today to register to catch @YvonneJewkes, Zoe Alker (Liverpool U), @LindaMulcahy7, @RhiannonPickin, @AndrewMillie, and Gonçalo Goncalves (Rio) this Friday, talking about criminal justice history and the built environment:

https://t.co/4JJFYtRZ8Y

Did you know… we have a team of documentation assistants who research and record our stuff (like paintings, objects, sculptures…) onto the museum database?

To find out more about this #MuseumJob , take a look at this post: https://t.co/wv8JNYr9Un #SecretsMW

Here's a #SecretsMW for #MuseumWeek, under this trapdoor is 'The Hold' where debtors would be placed rather than in the normal prison cells. Bit awkward to get into (and escape from...) so normally safely locked up, we wouldn't want to lose any visitors down there!

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Government plan to follow Scotland on scrapping shorter jail sentences may not be the fix UK prisons need https://t.co/slKKMFwfwI

The next Leeds Historical Criminology even on the 19th June, has the fabulous @francescrook @lizzieseal and Vivien Miller (Nottingham) talking about the historical (and more recent) evolution of the death penalty. All welcome, please RT:
https://t.co/0KN2xrIZYp

Just heading across Humber! Off to visit Great Grimsby Family History Society to talk about Our Criminal Ancestors, Town Hall 7:30pm

The next Leeds Historical Criminology even on the 19th June, has the fabulous @francescrook @lizzieseal and Vivien Miller (Nottingham) talking about the historical (and more recent) evolution of the death penalty. All welcome, please RT:
https://t.co/0KN2xrIZYp