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Historic images of lock-ups: ‘Before and after’ edition

The power of ‘before and after’ shots can show us how our local lock-ups have changed – often over the span of centuries. Over the past few weeks the team at Prison History have been delighted to receive a wealth…

Featured Lock-up: St Osyth Cage

To coincide with Halloween 2019, our featured lock-up for this month is St Osyth Cage in Essex, a lock-up apparently haunted by one of its former inmates… a local woman imprisoned and hanged for witchcraft in the 1500s! St Osyth…

Restoring the Old Police Station in Chipping Campden

In this blog, Carol Jackson of the Chipping Campden History Society explains how the restoration of the Old Police Station was made possible through the establishment of a community venture scheme: The Peelers Trust. The Old Police Station in Chipping…

How to get more out of prison registers: Part 3

Following her recent Masterclass on Prison Registers published in the September 2019 issue of Who Do You Think You Are Magazine, over the next three weeks Prison History project lead, Rosalind Crone, will expand on points made in that article…

Featured Lock-up: Great Bardfield Cage

Our featured lock-up for this month is the Cage at Great Bardfield in Essex.   It’s open for visitors on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, and on bank holidays, from Easter through to September. Project lead Rosalind Crone went to check…

How to get more out of prison registers: Part 2

Following her recent Masterclass on Prison Registers published in the September 2019 issue of Who Do You Think You Are Magazine, over the next three weeks Prison History project lead, Rosalind Crone, will expand on points made in that article…

Go explore: Prison history in the city of York

For most, prison history in York begins and ends with a trip to the Castle Museum. And why not? For nearly 1,000 years York Castle was an important site of incarceration. From c.1300, criminals awaiting trial at the Spring and…

How to get more out of prison registers

Following her recent Masterclass on Prison Registers published in the September 2019 issue of Who Do You Think You Are Magazine, over the next three weeks Prison History project lead, Rosalind Crone, will expand on points made in that article…

We need your feedback – take the Prison History survey!

Prison History needs your feedback… so, how are we doing? As we come to the end of the first year of prisonhistory.org, and to the end of the first month of Your Local Lock-Up, we’d love to hear your feedback…

Go explore: Prison History in Dartmoor

Prison History project leader, Dr Rosalind Crone, explores the sights of Dartmoor and its famous prison… In episode four of series 16 of Who Do You Think You Are?, I met up with Kate Winslet at Dartmoor Prison to help…