Blogs

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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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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? Dr 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

Dr 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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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

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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

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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/

@WelshRaffles In this time of vitally important public health messages... Just in case Michelan are thinking of paying a visit to Ireland Towers...

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