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Join in!

Participate with stories of your criminal, police or prison ancestors in our HistoryPin collections.
Historypin is a place for people to share photos and stories, telling the histories of their local communities.

We use Historypin to map stories from the criminal past. We aim to build up a collection of criminal stories, not just from the UK, but from around the world.

Our collections include, but are not limited to: 19th Century, 20th Century, Juvenile Crime, Temperance, Women, Reformatory and Industrial Schools, Training Ships, Vagrancy and Begging, Police, Prisoners and Prisons, Mental Health, White-collar Crime

We welcome pin additions from the general public.  Please join in with your stories – we are looking for stories and events between roughly 1700 and 1939 (lots of records are subject to closure of between 75-100 years).  Tell us (and each other) about crime history in your local area or your family history – we are interested in stories ‘big’ and ‘small’ – perhaps your ancestors was a police officer, prison warder or a witness to a crime, they may have been an offender or a victim – using crime history records can reveal some fascinating stories but also important contextual information about our social history.

If you’d like to contribute, please see the video ‘how to contribute to a collection’ here: https://about.historypin.org/how-to-guides/

Please also tag your pin “criminalancestors”.

Follow this link to view our Historypin profile here and start adding your own criminal history pins:

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Trying to find records about crime, policing and punishment in your ancestry or local history - See https://t.co/TjCxebHMlG #crimehistory #genealogy #familyhistory Source Guide available ‘getting started’ @wdytyamagazine @RiponMuseums @ERidingLMA

On Friday it was the 200th anniversary of the trial of the #BossofBethnalGreen. My piece to commemorate, via @thegentleauthor
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ELIZABETH FROST: charged by her lord & husband w/ incontinence. The henpecked master swore the wife of his bosom constantly deserted the connubial couch & resorted to infamous houses where she distributed her favours liberally to the best bidder. #OzHist

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Wonderful to visit the Parramatta Female Factory Precinct today, with restoration work already underway on this important site of Australian social history @femalefactoryOL @parradiscovery

Criminal Herstories local history display plus a couple of textile pieces begins its tour of Staffordshire libraries. Full exhibition starts a 12 month tour at Festival of Quilts in August. https://t.co/0uXOox1Z9h

#Devon #Constabulary #Police House. The #plaque contained a slider and as the #Constables moved, they took their number to the new house

A nice smuggling reference from 1783 , the name of the smuggler "The Washington" might betray the smugglers Republican sympathies. "Pierced for 16 guns" means 16 gun ports. Vessels often intimidated enemies by having more gun ports than actual guns on board.