Blogs

Heroes and villains: conflicting attitudes to war veterans in peacetime

May 19, 2022

How real were the fears that brutalised and battle-scarred soldiers returning from the First World War had developed a propensity for violence and criminality? Dr Ashley Borrett looks at the city of Hull to find out how people responded to war veterans in peacetime.

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Oscar Wilde

19 May 1897 – Oscar Wilde is released from prison

May 19, 2022

19 May 2022 marks 125 years since Oscar Wilde was released from prison. Professor Helen Johnston recounts the criminal past of the notorious Irish poet and playwright.

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Criminal records as a way of introducing archives to children

August 25, 2021

Hannah Salisbury, Community and Learning Officer at Suffolk Archives, explains how new learning resources on crime and punishment are being used to introduce younger children to the fascinating world of historical archives.

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Taking a firm hand: dealing with juvenile delinquency in interwar Hull

August 24, 2021

The early part of the 20th century has been seen as a ‘progressive’ period in the punishment of young offenders. But as Dr Ashley Borrett reveals, even in this so-called enlightened era, old habits die hard.

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Reformatory and industrial training ships in nineteenth-century UK

March 31, 2021

Julie Brumby, from Leeds Beckett University, takes a look at the role reformatory and training ships played in dealing with juvenile criminality in the nineteenth century.

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Crime on the move in the early twentieth century

January 31, 2021

Dr Ashley Borrett examines the impact that the rise of the motor vehicle and the increase in transport-related crime had on attitudes to offending in the early part of the twentieth century.

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New portraits of the criminal past

May 26, 2020

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.

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Cot in a Victorian bedroom

Bastardy before the courts in nineteenth-century Hull

March 16, 2020

Dr Joanne Chilman looks at bastardy cases that came before the courts in Hull during the nineteenth century to reveal the rich history of the women and families involved in these courtroom trials.

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Crime, criminality and the provincial press

March 16, 2020

In his latest blog, Dr Ashley Borrett examines the pages of the provincial press and reveals the ‘voices’ of some of the key players in the crime and criminal justice debates of interwar Hull.

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Working in partnership with the Ripon Museums Trust

March 16, 2020

Professor Helen Johnston and Professor Heather Shore, from the Our Criminal Ancestors project, have been working with the Ripon Museums Trust on a number of projects over the past few years.

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Five women – five families’ search for justice

November 20, 2019

A new book from the team behind hit BBC series Murder, Mystery and My Family features compelling true-crime stories of female killers and their families’ search for justice.

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Exploring female drunkenness in Victorian Lancashire

July 23, 2019

Utilising a range of archival sources, Dr Craig Stafford charts the criminal lives of drunken women in 19th century Lancashire.

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A rare Hull cream K8 Phonebox in front of the Modernist walled entrance to East Park. Also should Twitter end. Thank you all for following me and liking my posts. Much appreciated.

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The Scotia at Troon Harbour 🌊

This ship was bought by William Speirs Bruce in 1902 and underwent reconstruction by the Ailsa Shipbuilding Company in Troon. This was to prepare the vessel for its departure on the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition. Dated 1902, ref ATD6/18/ii

The next talk in our exciting #HCNet Speakers’ Series, ‘Racist-Gendered State Violence: Punishing Migrant Women and Separating Families’ by @DrMonishBhatia will take place on 14 December 2022 between 4-5.30pm BST.

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-bsc-hcnet-series-anti-fascism-decolonisation-critical-race-theory-tickets-414114336127

One of the earliest photographs of the @BrumCityWMP Birmingham Police, dating back to the 1860s.

The original uniform was very smart, but not wholly practical... #museum30 #origin

To emphasize its civilian nature the #origin-al Met uniform included a top hat, which lasted until helmets were introduced in 1863. We have one in our collection and until April 2023 it can be seen in the #Executions exhibition at @MuseumofLondon Docklands. #Museum30

An exhibition to mark the centenary of the execution of Peter Cassidy, James Fisher, John Gaffney and Richard Twohig on 17 November 1922 opened in Kilmainham Gaol today. These were the first executions of the Civil War. 1/4

1961 National Police Dog Trials held at Crewe by @cheshirepolice @ChNWPoliceDogs Dogs from 40 forces took place but none from Cheshire

@PoliceDogTrials @thekaiser999 @The_NFRSA @AssociationRPDs @OscarKiloNine @Chappers2013 @PD_DexterWBDOG @KeoghHeath @theFOALGroup @K9memorialUk

May Place Reformatory, Old Swan, #Liverpool opened 1876 for 'wayward, delinquent' girls

1880 HO Inspector Inglis noted

‘it deals with the roughest material possible...the girls who are brought within its influences have previously passed through every phase of degradation.’

#museum30 the #origin of our huge #Liverpool,family archive is the 100s of photos, medals, letters, union badges, postcards,sketches,autograph books, employment documents, bibles and more dating back to the mid 1800s thro to post ww2 http://historicalclues.blogspot.com/2022/01/postcards-into-past.html