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.

Currently our collections include: 19th Century, 20th Century, Juvenile Crime and Women. But we welcome pin additions from you on any other crime-related subjects and themes. 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 would like to contribute, please watch the video ‘getting started’ on the Historypin website.

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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‘Thus emerged an understanding that white leftist projects that refused to recognize the centrality of race were doomed’ – @lolaolufemi_ on the British Black Panthers. https://t.co/GX1BM0mLCj