June 16, 2020

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.

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


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A handy outline of our (thousands of) digitised #PrimarySources - arranged by theme - is now available at https://warwick.ac.uk/services/library/mrc/explorefurther/archivesonline

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 https://womenslibrary.org.uk/2015/08/04/discovering-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 https://twitter.com/UkNatArchives/status/1245647311163682817

#Archives30 Day 2. Jack’s #FavouriteItem is this poster produced by George Elliott, self-proclaimed 'Emperor of the World', and inmate of Bensham Lunatic Asylum #ExploreYourArchive

Execution Broadsides in Scotland: MRes student Simon McFadden @ArtsEdNapier published a piece in @natlibscot Discover Magazine https://www.nls.uk/media/1794344/discover-43-p1-21.pdf. The NLS broadsides are available online https://digital.nls.uk/broadsides/

Day 2-Our Archivist has chosen her #FavouriteItem from our archives:
"In our Cleveland Police collection we have a photograph album of criminals which includes some murderers and thieves. Many of them seem to have that Peaky Blinders look with the cap and facial hair" #Archive30

@DudleyArchives @ourcriminalpast @WMPHistory @prisonhistoryuk would love to see details of the borough force's station on the website. We don't have any kind of entry for Dudley at the moment

@OxfordCEMS @EModCam @prisonhistoryuk @PrisonMemory @long18thsem @carceralstudies @LegalMiscellany @CemsKcl @IHR_TudorStuart @digipanoptic @ourcriminalpast @OldBaileyOnline and anyone I've forgotten. https://twitter.com/TheNACBS/status/1245727005573812233

We're pleased to announce the newest holders of Archive Service Accreditation following the last panel meeting on 4 March. Join us in giving a big cheer from home to
@LSBUArchives @MCSOxford @OldhamArchives @Design_Archives and the Maritime Archives and Library @MerseyMaritime 👏

Today marks 100 years since the formation of the Dudley Borough Police Force. Here we have a photo from our Archives showing Dudley policemen accompanied by a motorcycle and dog! It’s catalogued as c1920 – does that sound about right @WMPHistory? #DudleyPolice100