June 16, 2020

POSTPONED: Our Criminal Ancestors Workshop: Introduction to Crime, Policing and Punishment Records

Do you have a criminal ancestor? Was there a police constable or prison officer in the family? Are you related to victims or witnesses of crime?  Would you like to find out if there’s a black sheep in your family history? Or are you interested in the history of criminal justice in your local community or region?

This hands-on, information-packed workshop will get you started on tracing your criminal ancestors or help you in your search to find out more about local crime. Led by experts Professor Helen Johnston and Professor Heather Shore, you will explore local archives related to police, prisons, crime and punishment.

The workshop takes place on Tuesday 16 June 2020 at West Yorkshire History Centre, 127 Kirkgate, Wakefield, WF1 1JG.

Unfortunately this event has had to be postponed, when we are able to re-schedule revised details will appear here.

The event runs from 10.30am to 3.30pm. You can register via the link below.


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Just a small thing today: a letter and receipt concerning rate arrears from 1829, but it reminds us that until nationalisation in 1877 the administration and financing of most prisons and other penal establishments were matters of local responsibility.

How do you diffuse the guilt of a judicial execution? Involve the whole community, and an animal, in the mechanism. Here's a C19th representation of the famous early-modern "Halifax Gibbet" in operation.

Today's document touches on the murky world of early criminology. James Scott (Medical Officer of Brixton Prison and later Holloway) responds to an invitation to a lecture on "Degenerates" to be given by the eugenicist Robert Reid Rentoul.


This was a relatively early article for me & speaks to my fascination with the awkwardness of categories of intellectual history when applied to the actual beliefs of historical actors.
It was made possible by a much needed writing up grant from @ihr_history. I'm still grateful! https://twitter.com/ihr_history/status/1277900145561145345

Beverley: such a terrifying place! In 1381 local officials were (allegedly) extorting money from locals under threats of violence: https://thenorthernway151149306.wordpress.com/blog-2/1380s-conflict-in-beverley-the-relationship-of-the-town-and-minster-with-the-archbishops-of-york/

We some archive staff returning to The Hive shortly & able to access the archives we are providing an enhanced research service for a limited period from next week

Good to see CMC steadily climb the Journal Citation Reports now sitting at 22 of 69 criminology journals. Successes no doubt due to the hard work of @ProfMBrown, Eamonn Carrabine, founders @YvonneJewkes Chris Greer,Jeff Ferrell & most of all countless reviewers & authors!