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The Death of Sir Charles Lucas and Sir George Lisle, Monday, Aug. 28, 1648 By the old wall at Colchester, With moss and grass o’ergrown, The curious, thoughtful wanderer Will note a small, white stone. Tis sunken now — yet slight it not;...
“An Execution at the Debtor’s Door of Newgate”, from The Newgate Calendar (www.exclassics.com/newgate/ngintro.htm.) On 7 April 1825, William Probert stood trial at the Old Bailey, charged with stealing a mare from Ruardean, in the...

The Reading station fraud

27 August 2015
The hub of the town, Reading station features frequently in the local news, whether it’s an update of the current regeneration programme or, more recently, RMT strike action. In fact, the station has been hitting the headlines ever since it opened...

Christ College, Hobart

26 August 2015
Christ College was opened on 1 October 1846 with the hope that it would develop along the lines of an Oxbridge college and provide the basis for university education in Tasmania. It was also intended to prepare men for the priesthood. The Hutchins School...
This is a bit different from previous convict tales: it’s about two people – who shared the same name. Lucy Williams has previously blogged here about the difficulties that people with identical names (and few other...

An Ancestor in Crime

24 August 2015
I’m blogging for Old Bailey Online today on my developing research. Digitisation has opened up archival records to entirely new audiences, eager audiences. Material which sat on a shelf from one end of the year to the other, never or rarely requested,...

An Ancestor in Crime

24 August 2015
This is a guest post by Aoife O Connor, one of the PhD students on our partner project, the Digital Panopticon, who is researching the impact of the digitisation of historical crime records.  Digitisation has opened up archival records to …...

The Court as Spectacle

24 August 2015
The principle of open justice – referring to the transparency of the trial process – has a long history. Courts in ancient Greece, for example, were constructed with low walls so the public could observe the proceedings while attending to...
As part of my on-going investigation into unusual subject matter found in The National Archives (TNA), my husband challenged me to discover references to his hobby of ten pin bowling. After some preliminary investigations into the game, I found that its...
Early 19th century portrait of a Bethlem patient In 1857, the newspapers were full of breathless tales about one man, whose name changed according both to his desire and the individual newspaper’s disregard of the facts. This was a man who lied...
..very pleased to read (and to provide link to) another new post about hysteria, this time from Sarah Jaffray, over at http://blog.wellcomecollection.org/2015/08/13/hysteria/My own, earlier post has proved to be one of the most popular with readers. Find...
Ripper Street series three, Whitechapel Terminus BBC 1, Friday 31st July 2015 It seemed likely that a third series of Ripper Street might ‘jump the shark’, and the plot line of the first episode was certainly far-fetched, as the central characters...
In previous blogs, I have explored some of the circulations and connections that linked nations, colonies and empires, and wove together practices of punishment and penal labour across polities and imperial spaces. This included the sharing of official...
Anyone with an interest in crime history must visit Alcatraz while in San Francisco (My daughter said after our tour, “Of all the prisons I have visited, this one definitely ranks in the top three!”). But if you decide to take the boat from...
The many headed monster is running an online symposium on the Voices of the People (and see #voxpop2015 on Twitter) which is well worth your attention, and Anna Jenkin posted a number of responses on Twitter, musing on how the themes related to her research...

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