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Guest post by Shannon McSheffrey; 30 April 2017.                                                         This week...
Just this week, in the wake of the professional footballer Joey Barton being banned for placing bets on his own team, the Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, declared that he thought there was too much gambling in modern society. He told the press: ‘It...
A while ago, I went for a wander around the trail at Shag Bay and saw the remains of some industrial business that had taken place in the area. I was able to find out that it had been a type of bonemill/fertilizer business that had suffered an industrial...
In the Syrian city of Raqqa on this date in 2014, the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) reportedly crucified two men in a posthumous public gibbeting, after executing them by shooting. (There were seven executions in Raqqa that day.) Raqqa was the Islamic State’s...
Illustrated Police News, 23 August 1902. (British Newspaper Archive. Image copyright The British Library Board. All Rights reserved.) On 15 August 1902, at around midday, a shepherd who worked at Saddleworth Farm, between Didmarton and Leighterton,...
The exciting life of juvenile transportee Charles Brewer   Description List: Record CON18-1-13 Born in 1821, Charles was convicted aged fourteen in 1835, of pickpocketing a handkerchief worth six-pence in Milton Street. Charles received seven...
This time, over two postings, we profile one of the lesser known, but no less controversial, Victorian alienists - Dr Alexander John Sutherland; by re-exposing his darkest hour. Celebrated psychologists gathered around a table, showing A J Sutherland...
Last week, on Monday 10 April, I was fortunate enough to attend a day conference hosted by the International John Bunyan Society on “Prisons and Prison Writing in Early Modern Britain” held at Northumbria University. Given how relevant the...

The Bembridge Smugglers

15 April 2017
My Isle of Wight smuggling trail has already taken me to Shanklin and to St Helens, where I discovered the scandalous story of Sophie Dawes. I have uncovered many secrets of the Island’s shady past and visited some very atmospheric smugglers’...
Port Arthur, Tasmania On 21 March 2017, Barry Godfrey gave a paper on the Digital Panopticon and ‘Dark Tourism’ at a LABEX Past in the Present workshop convened at the Kuumba Imani Millennium Centre, Liverpool.  Barry’s paper addressed...
Research Brief 28 In 1900, Mary Ryan was living at North Pine, near Brisbane, with her five children. Her husband had not lived at home with the family for some four or five years. Early on the morning of 4 February 1900, Mary gave birth to her sixth...
  One of the wonderful things about ‘blue skies’ research is the element of surprise that it can throw up. When I began work on ‘The Carceral Archipelago’ project, I had not planned to work on the British Caribbean. I had...
To wrap up this month, this post is just a few notes – half-formed thoughts, not ‘conclusions’ – on some recurring themes that struck me as I was writing and researching posts (and shaped some of my choices as the month went on)....
Registration is open for my courses at UConn-Hartford’s new downtown campus next fall. Courses are open to all UConn students from all majors:
Jonathan Rees was drinking with his business partner, 37-year-old private investigator Daniel Morgan, at the Golden Lion pub in Sydenham, south-east London, on 10 March 1987. Morgan left the pub at 9pm, fifteen minutes after Rees departed. As Morgan unlocked...

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