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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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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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@DevizesAssizes @WiltshireMuseum If this building has cells, and especially if they are preserved and open to the public, @prisonhistoryuk would be very grateful for details. Photos would be even better!

@WiltshireMuseum https://t.co/6MjdTK6osk is collecting data on all local places of confinement, including courthouse cells. Please consider adding these to the database as they currently only have the Town Hall lock-up in Devizes. You can include links to the museum to publicise it too