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Our Criminal Past

‘Our Criminal Past’ is an interdisciplinary research network of UK-based stakeholders who are working academically and/or professionally in the field of the criminal, legal and penal history of Britain.

The creation of the network was in recognition of the growing importance of ‘our criminal past’, not only to academics but also to archivists, heritage professionals, educationalists and others in the wider community who have an investment in how our criminal past is to be preserved, presented and transmitted. Three inter-related themes have been identified as important areas of cross and multidisciplinary interest in terms of previous, current and future research that have contemporary and cultural significance beyond the academia. These are: Digitisation: Social Media and Crime History; Educating Historians of Crime: Classroom, Archive, Community; and Representing Penal Histories: Displaying and Narrating our Criminal Past.

Our series of network events brought together experts from a range of disciplines, including history, criminology, education, tourism and cultural studies, with archivists and those engaged in an educational and heritage capacity in museums and prisons. The events were a forum for discussion and debate about future strategic research planning and collaborations, the sustainability of research in relation to new technology and funding streams, and the role of individuals, communities and institutions in shaping and preserving our criminal past. Through the sharing of expertise and good practice, we explored ideas that would lead to new projects in the history of crime, thus ‘Caring for the Future’ of the history of crime.

 

Key Contacts

Professor Helen Johnston, University of Hull: h.johnston@hull.ac.uk

Professor Heather Shore, Leeds Beckett University: h.shore@leedsbackett.ac.uk

 

Events

Event 1: Our Criminal Past: Digitisation, Social Media and Crime History, London Metropolitan Archives, 17 May 2013

Event 2: Our Criminal Past: Educating Historians of Crime: Classroom, Archive, Community, Broadcasting Place, Leeds Beckett University, 6 September 2013

Event 3: Our Criminal Past: Representing Penal Histories: Displaying and Narrating the Criminal Past, Galleries of Justice, Nottingham, 31 January 2014

Latest Updates on Twitter

Interested in the history of capital punishment? Leeds Historical Criminology event on 19th June at @leedsbeckett @becketthistory. CEO of @TheHowardLeague @francescrook @lizzieseal and Vivien Miller (Nottingham) are speaking. All are welcome, please RT: https://t.co/1HfY7CDeEl

Interested in the history of capital punishment? Leeds Historical Criminology event on 19th June at @leedsbeckett @becketthistory. CEO of @TheHowardLeague @francescrook @lizzieseal and Vivien Miller (Nottingham) are speaking. All are welcome, please RT: https://t.co/1HfY7CDeEl

‘It is really quite dreadful to see young children standing in the dock charged with drunkenness’. Two young girls are led astray https://t.co/EP9M5oyF6U

In 1936, over 200 men marched in protest against extreme poverty and unemployment in the North East of England. This march, from Jarrow to London, is known as The Jarrow March, or The Jarrow Crusade. #AuthenticAccounts #OralHistory #UOSH @BLSoundHeritage https://t.co/2awtJpVXAC

Flash Histories Symposium 5th July – Creative Histories of Witchcraft

Looking forward to #FlashHistories - another in fab series of #creativehistories events organised by ⁦@willpooley⁩ https://t.co/1mmKCQzfCJ

We missed yesterday's theme of #MuseumWeek #SecretsMW These photos are from three years ago showing the space before the museum was built. Paging @DullMuseumSnaps

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Always good to see police and crime related museums succeed - especially the good ones - so please take a read. https://t.co/90mHzz8vYU