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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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There are lots of myths about the Victorians being prude, unsmiling, stiffs. They are shattered by these photographs I’ve been happily discovering of them smiling, laughing & goofing around. And there are many more to be found. Thread

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Our free exhibition 'Prisoners or Patients? Criminal Insanity in Victorian Scotland' with @HistPsychiatry @univofstandrews is coming soon to @edfringe #Edinburgh #MakeYourFringe https://t.co/Gh8yTz5q5O

Look forward to presenting Police as Ploughmen at Social History Society conference, Gender, Labour & Consumption in historical perspective 13-14/9/2019 U. of Essex @PolHisSoc1985

Remembering @WMPolice @brumpolice PC George Snipe, fatally injured when attacked by a mob trying to free a prisoner - aged 29, 19/7/1897

#LestWeForget

@helenrogers19c @OldBaileyOnline Kathy Chater talked about Ann Duck in her book "Untold Histories
Black people in England and Wales during the period of the British Slave trade, c. 1660–1807" (2009) https://t.co/GXMoP1i8XI - but not sure if there's been much else besides the ODNB entry on her?

‘You answered him back and used your tongue pretty freely’: patriarchal dismissal of domestic abuse https://t.co/fGHS1FUbuN

New on my sleuthing blog: Mr Dawson's Infamous Beerhouse - the story of my own nefarious ancestor! #familyhistory #crimehist #Manchester https://t.co/3NupINc4qV