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 β€œcriminalancestors”.

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

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1808 Mary Holmes was detained in Ripon House of Correction, tried & 'found to be a rogue & vagabond.' She was taken to Kirby Hill vagrant depot to be sent back her 'place of legal settlement.' @Police_Gazette @BD1policemuseum @BritPoliceHist @ourcriminalpast @RiponTogether

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In 1871 Ripon #Yorkshire magistrates appointed 'Annie Ada Smyth as schoolmistress at the House of Correction, at a salary of Β£1 per quarter.
' 3 years later they advetised for a male warder. @Police_Gazette @BD1policemuseum @BritPoliceHist @ourcriminalpast @RiponTogether

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Congratulations to Natalie Craig who graduated last July from our History programme at Edge Hill University. She has been awarded the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire's undergraduate dissertation prize for her work on Lancaster Moor Asylum!!

@nidderdaleuk @Pateley_Bridge @ourcriminalpast J. Keighley Snowden, one time 'Keighley News' journalist, wrote two books about Jack Sinkler, Nidderdale Poacher. 'King Jack' 1914, 'Jack The Outlaw' 1926. Snowden talked to Sinkler over three years to get his story. @nidderdaleuk @Pateley_Bridge @ourcriminalpast @KeighleyLHS

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A selection of menus for children taken from a leaflet entitled 'The feeding of children from one to five years' which was published by the Ministry of Health in March 1942. From the National Union of Railwaymen archive. https://cdm21047.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/health/id/1506/rec/15 #historyoffood #historyofhealth

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The Examination Letter for John Shore, who eventually worked on the 1888 Whitechapel Murder Case (aka Jack the Ripper) as an Inspector, before retiring as Supt from Scotland Yard in 1896 becoming Pinkerton Agent for London. His descendant is a resident of Leicestershire.

Shown on a tour today: plan of the Quaker Workhouse on River Street, #Bristol, surveyed in 1861 - exciting to see 19th century hand-coloured plans in such pristine condition #behindthescenes #archivetours (Catalogue: http://archives.bristol.gov.uk/Record.aspx?src=CalmView.Catalog&id=SF%2fPl%2f18) ^et/ad