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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

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This Thursday one of our object handling sessions will take place at the Maritime Museum!

The session will be running from 12.30 to 2.30pm and is entirely free.

Come along and get stuck in!

#HullYMC

**CALL FOR PAPERS**

We are looking for any postgrad students who would be interested in sharing their research at one of our monthly seminars.

Present your work in a supportive and encouraging environment! Please RT & share widely for anyone interested.

"Growing pains? Penal reform and the challenge of prison building programmes"

A post by @tcguiney for our Policy Insights blog, which provides space for contributors to the Howard Journal of Crime and Justice to write about their research.

https://t.co/on8JPxmEXN

My oppo, and currently boss, Prof Paul Lawrence, is giving his inaugural lecture, on the uses of criminal justice history. It's interesting.

Considering lessons of the long-term history of the 1824 Vagrancy Act, Paul concludes that studying it allows us to draw some general conclusions.

Superb display of materials from our Centre for the History of Crime, Policing & Justice to mark our colleague, Prof Paul Lawrence's inaugural lecture tonight. Books, 1930s photo-fit board game, & some Prison History! @OU_FASS @OpenUniversity #OUResearch

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tragedy in 1906 at Bishop's Road Station on the #Metropolitan line (now known as #Paddington Tube Station). Found in @BNArchive online @BTPPaddington @LondonUNDERGRND @TfL #railway @RailwayHeritage

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@nelldarby I can! It will be in Leeds @CCJSLeeds CFP is in redraft, to be issued through networks shortly. Hope to see you there! Just give me or @yeomans_henry a shout with any questions in the meantime #BCHS20

Hey, fellow crime historians: any news on when/where the next British Crime Historians Symposium might be held yet? #preplanning #bchs20 #possiblythinkingaboutthisprematurely