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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

Our work continues during lock down. Here's a new blog from our 'Unlocking the Treasures' local studies collection series: Hull convict George Benson's experiences of transportation to Australia in 1828. http://hullhistorycentre.blogspot.com/

We've plenty of #ArchiveSecrets, just not the ones some folks expect of a museum of policing and crime. For instance, Chief Inspector Frederick Abberline's scrapbook of news cuttings about his cases contains nothing on events in Whitechapel in 1888. #ExploreYourArchive #Archive30

Our third broadcast features two members of our history family, @drnicholasevans and graduate Andrew Ede. They discuss how the First World War changed part of #Lincolnshire. Listen here to one of a series of @BBCRadioLincs programmes from 2014: http://ow.ly/dA2E50z60mn #WW1

#ArchiveSecrets are the theme today for #Archive30 This 'Secret' document is the City Engineer's report on the Hull Blitz May 1941, including the harrowing report on the destruction of the Prudential Building. #ExploreYourArchive

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Florence Nightingale: a pioneer of hand washing and hygiene for health by Dr Richard Bates (@RABates83) https://wp.me/p4HWDD-2Et
http://www.florencenightingale.org/ H/T @ConversationUK

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118 years ago today Rose Ann Goodwill was sentenced for police assault, attempted prisoner rescue & being drunk and disorderly, 3 of 57 convictions in 20 years. She’s been β€˜adopted’ by a present inmate of HMP Askham Grange for my project #PrisonersOnPrisoners with @RiponMuseums.

This is a brilliant book that anyone with an interest in pirate history needs a copy of - cannot recommend highly enough https://twitter.com/corkup/status/1247491594875527170