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We hope you enjoy the resources on this website and welcome constructive feedback and suggestions. If you have a story from your own research that you’d like to share, please do get in touch. You can email us at ourcriminalpast@gmail.com.

Professor Helen Johnston, University of Hull
Professor Heather Shore, Manchester Metropolitan University

(Please note, we are not a genealogical research service and therefore we are unable to undertake research on your behalf.)

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We've just put 32 new petitioners' stories online!

You'll find rebels, murderers, playhouse-managers, and Frenchmen, all trying to use the #PowerOfPetitioning to woo Charles II.

Read them for yourself here: https://petitioning.history.ac.uk/investigating-petitioners/petitioners-in-the-reign-of-charles-ii-1660-1685/

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Public History Research Seminar, 4pm this Friday: Dr Gillian O'Brien, 'A Captive Audience: Prison Museums and Dark Tourism?' Email happhistseminars2021@gmail.com to attend. All Welcome! @gillianmobrien @HAPPatQUB @QUB_History @qubpublichist @LJMU

1/ Today's #lostprisonsofDublin is the City Marshalsea, a debtors prison which from 1704 to 1805 was located on Merchant’s Quay between Skipper's Lane and Swan Alley. The inmates would cry out to passers-by for charity to pay for their maintenance or discharge their debts.

If you missed our webinar on the subject of criminal mugshots, which was part of @GraniteNoirFest, you can catch up via this link:

Phil Astley - Criminal Portraits webinar - Granite Noir 2021 https://youtu.be/UFcOG_7Cv0I via @YouTube

18th century. Liverpool's most feared press gang leaders were 'Jack the Nabber' (a 'piratical-looking scoundrel') and 'Irish John' who led a 'motely crew of desperados'. They would invade brothels and inns to kidnap sailors in the face of strong opposition from the townspeople.

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New boundary signs for the city went up at the weekend, so for #MapMonday here's a map of the city's boundaries in 1930. #Hull as yet to extend to its current area to the west and north.
@Hullccnews @Hull_Museums @hull_libraries

Our asylum team continues the story of Orlando Bridgeman, as concern grows at the family home of Weston Hall when letters about his condition continue to arrive. Read more https://staffordshireasylumrecords.wordpress.com/patients/ #staffsasylums (image Weston Hall, County Archaeology Dept/staffspasttrack.org.uk)