November 27, 2019

Young Criminal Lives: Experience, Practice and Reform in the North-West, c.1854 to c.1914

A public lecture by Prof Heather Shore, Director of the Manchester Centre for Public History and Heritage

This lecture explores the lives of children and young people who passed through the industrial and reformatory schools from the mid-Victorian period, focusing on three key north-west institutions. The Akbar training ship, moored on the Mersey at Heswall, the Stockport Industrial School, and Bradwall reformatory near Sandbach, Cheshire, represent the range of institutions established to deal with young offenders from the 1850s, until they were merged into the new Approved Schools, with the Children and Young Persons Act of 1933.

This lecture places the institutions within their north-west context but also considers the life-courses of some of the children, many of whom were from the urban/industrial conurbations of Liverpool, Manchester and Crewe. This study followed the pathways of delinquent children both before they entered the institution and after they had left; tracing former inmates of industrial and reformatory schools through the period of ‘aftercare’ (an early form of probation which lasted for three to five years after they had left) and beyond.

The event starts at 5.30pm (refreshments available from 5.00). It takes place in Room LT5, Geoffrey Manton building, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester M15 6LL.

This is a free event. No tickets required, and all are welcome.


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