A brief history of Prison History

Since launching in 2018, Prison History has appeared in various publications as well as picking up awards along the way.

 

Read on to discover more about Prison History’s impact…

Who Do You Think You Are? feature

In July 2018, Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine published a feature article on Victorian prisons by Rosalind Crone.

Front cover of Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine (Summer 2018), which features Silence and Separation on pp. 70-74

Silence and Separation describes the imposition of two competing systems of prison discipline in Britain during the 1830s and 1840s, and their legacy on the practice and experience of imprisonment.

Silence and Separation in Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - pp. 70-74, Summer 2018

Prison History wins at The Janette Harley Prize

In October 2018, Prison History was awarded a ‘Highly Commended Certificate’ by the judges of the inaugural Janette Harley Prize.

Prison History was awarded a 'Highly Commended Certificate' by the judges of the inaugural Janette Harley Prize. In this picture Janette Harley's brother, Iain, presenting the certificate to Rosalind Crone.

Janette Harley’s brother, Iain, presenting the certificate to Rosalind Crone.

The prize was established by the British Records Association in memory of Janette Harley, a former BRA member. Many thanks to the BRA Committee for their kind words on and encouragement for the project, and for a delightful awards evening at The Postal Museum in London (which is, incidentally, adjacent to the site of the former prison, Cold Bath Fields!).

Prison History Database in print

In September 2018 we announced the publication of the database as a printed book. Many thanks to Sam Clark and the team at London Publishing Partnership for all their help in producing this great title.

Front cover of the hardback edition of Guide to the Criminal Prisons of Nineteenth-Century England

The two-volume Guide to the Criminal Prisons of Nineteenth-Century England contains all critical information and surviving archives of the 844 penal institutions in the Prison History database. You’ll also find a comprehensive introduction which includes a review of the current literature on penal history in Britain, an account of the methodology employed for recovering institutions and archives for Prison History, and some preliminary observations on the nineteenth-century penal landscape arising from the data assembled.

Click here for more information on the Guide to the Criminal Prisons of Nineteenth-Century England, including purchasing information. Alternatively, you can read the e-book here as a PDF.

On the record

In July 2018Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine published a feature on the database.

On the record - Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine feature on the Prison History database. 

In it, Rosemary Collins explained how Prison History would be of tremendous use to those looking for criminal ancestors. Many thanks to the team at WDYTYA?!

Recovering the 19th Century Penal Landscape

On 6 July 2018, we officially launched Prison History at the National Justice Museum in Nottingham.

We were delighted to host a number of eminent speakers with expertise on prisons past and present, including:

  • Prof Sean McConville (Queen Mary University of London)
  • Dr Paul Carter (The National Archives)
  • Prof Barry Godfrey (University of Liverpool)
  • Dr Helen Johnston (University of Hull)
  • Dr Maryse Tennant (Canterbury Christ Church University)
  • Aiofe O’Connor (Find My Past)
  • Nina Champion (Prisoners’ Education Trust)
  • and Anita Dockley (Howard League for Penal Reform).

To download the event programme, follow this link.

 

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