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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

Want to know how to find and understand pauper letters? webinar by @TheirWrite @UkNatArchives showing how we kind find the voices of the poor in these remarkable sources Tue 22 January 2019
18:00 – 19:00 CET https://t.co/yXcA2rlAyx

The final essay associated with the now complete @ERC_Research project 'The Carceral Archipelago' is published at https://t.co/bQBk0yfjJo. It's on covert convict transportation from small Germany states, and is open access. Author: @kinkirarufu

Lovely audience last night for my talk on the Sarah Jacob case in the magnificent "Iron Room" at Egwlys Fach. It nets another donation for @PrisonersAbroad
If you don't know the case check out the Welsh Legal History Soc website.

Society News: Our chair @ProfPamelaCox has been invited to speak at an event discussing research using social care records. You can find out more (and book a free place) here:

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Reminder: the next Leeds Historical Criminology Seminar is on 25 Jan, setting austerity, political economy and criminal justice in historical perspective with stellar guest speakers - register here: https://t.co/KQ5CnZ9a1b @CCJSLeeds @Law_Leeds @TimNewburn @BritSocCrim #HCNet

Happy New Year. Edge Hill is currently advertising a range of Graduate teaching posts. I would love to hear from students interested in researching crime/punishment from the Victorian era to 1939.
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We're getting very close to the deadline now. There are just few more days to get your ideas in for our 2019 conference! https://t.co/UQEV7zPORp

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