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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

UBP & CaP online event: Portraits of Crime? The ethics of displaying real lives and people. Looking forward to great discussion ⁦@CaPnetworkUK⁩ ⁦@UBPnetwork⁩ ⁦@faceofresearch⁩ ⁦@UniOfHull⁩ https://ourcriminalancestors.org/events/ubp-cap-online-event-portraits-of-crime-the-ethics-of-displaying-real-lives-and-people/

Free places still available for this online event next week; take a look at the programme details and mini-exhibition here https://www.britishportraits.org.uk/events/portraits-of-crime-the-ethics-of-displaying-real-lives-and-people/, and a link to registration. https://twitter.com/UBPnetwork/status/1458089357831704579

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🔶Today #HistoricalCriminology by @iainchanning @yeomans_henry & me is officially published! @Routledge_Socio Hope it helps put time and history closer to the heart of criminology🔶 #HCNet @ANZHistCrim @HCriminology @SOLONNetwork @ourcriminalpast https://www.routledge.com/Historical-Criminology/Churchill-Yeomans-Channing/p/book/9780367185756

Reupping this call for papers. If you have a piece (or a piece in mind) that is relevant to historical criminology, send it our way! Submit via the Journal of Criminal Justice portal. https://twitter.com/HitchMagee/status/1428771756169383949

🚨CFP for conference exploring crime, imperialism & inheritances from interdisciplinary perspectives
📆 Deadline extended to 17 Dec
🎓 Esp. welcome ECRs/PGRs
🌎 International participation, online event over 4 x 1/2 days.
💻 More info: http://www.imperialgenealogiesofcrime.com
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AGM of the PHS and delighted to announce that our Annual Award for contribution to Police History goes posthumously to Emeritus Professor Clive Emsley… our former academic advisor for 35 years 🙏

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We've posted our Collection of the Month for November! https://www.northamptonmuseums.com/ is located in a C19th prison with some intriguing details still on view. View at https://www.capcollections.org.uk/ and if you'd like to be December's collection. @NorthamptonShoe #crimeandpunishment

One day I'm going to publish a book celebrating the work of Bored Clerks Through The Ages.

Here we have a Royal Naval clerk, with a wonderful piece of nautical time wasting from 1815, which appears in the ship's musters for HMS Grasshopper...

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