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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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We share the account of Inspector Hawkins of the Leicester Borough Police of the circumstances of the incident that led to the death of PC Bentley in the sixth issue of our Journal at http::/

#Archive30 day 4. The Dixon Scott Collection of photographs (@UKNatArchives series INF 9) offers an intriguing snapshot of mainly inter-war Britain & Ireland. #ACollection
Jersey INF 9/25/19; Liverpool INF 9/684/14; Aberystwyth INF 9/796/11; Sydenham, Devon INF 9/1253/1


Opening of Leeds City Art Gallery, October 1888 from the 'Illustrated London News.' It was paid for by public subscription, during Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee the previous year. #Leeds #Yorkshire #artgallery

A β€˜John Major’ in court: The Bermondsey Fortune Telling Case of 1880

#OTD, 1886, after arresting a drunk in Old Mill Lane, @leicspolice PC Lewis Bentley physically struggled to get his man back to Sanvey Gate Police Station. Once the aggressive drunk was detained, PC Bentley collapsed and died of heart failure. He was 51.

City of London Gaoler for Bishopsgate Station, PC George Hutt, took over responsibility of the prisoners held in the cells on the night of 29 Sept 1888. One of them was a woman later identified as Catherine Eddowes. Less than an hour later she was the victim of Jack the Ripper.

Online, accessible & free #ArchivesAtHome

A handy outline of our (thousands of) digitised #PrimarySources - arranged by theme - is now available at

For #twitterstorians & #historyteachers of 20th cent. history #histed #histmed #genderstudies #wwi & more

Really hard to choose a #favouriteitem for Day 2 of #Archive30 but this photo from WW2 of an all women ambulance crew is from one of our most popular collections- The Papers of Dorothy Dick

#DidYouKnow searching the 'occupation' field on the 1871 and 1911 censuses (taken #OnThisDay) is a useful tool for finding police ancestors and researching police stations? Use plenty of synonyms though - PC, constable, officer ... #DYT #OTD #genealogy #MuseumFromHome #toptips