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Forthcoming Conferences

Recovering the 19th Century Penal Landscape
6 July 2018
National Justice Museum, Nottingham
Smith Cooper Room

Join us on 6 July 2018 at the National Justice Museum in Nottingham for the launch of a new resource developed by the Centre - www. - a database of nineteenth-century prisons which contains critical information on the locations, size and archives of nearly 850 penal institutions.

We are 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 a programme, follow this link.

10:00            Arrival and Registration
                     (tea and coffee will be available)

10:30            Writing the History of the Prison
                     Seán McConville, Queen Mary University of London

11:15   An Introduction
                     Rosalind Crone, The Open University

12:00            Lunch

12:45            Peopling the Institutions
                     Barry Godfrey, University of Liverpool
                     Helen Johnston, University of Hull

13:50            Institutional Archives
                     Paul Carter, The National Archives

14:30            Tea and Coffee

15:00            Roundtable: Where next? Present uses of our penal past
                     Rosalind Crone, The Open Universit
                     Maryse Tennant, Canterbury Christ Church University (Canterbury Prison Project)
                     Aoife O’Connor, Find My Past
                     Nina Champion, Prisoners’ Education Trust
                     Anita Dockley, Howard League for Penal Reform

16:30            Conference end


The event is free to attend, but places are limited.

If you require more further information, please contact:, and/or Registration closes 22 June 2018.

Forthcoming Seminars

The centre regularly organises one-day seminars at The Open University with participants drawn from across Britain and Europe. Attendence is diverse and often includes serving police officers as well as academic researchers and other interested parties. Details of past seminars and conferences can be found below. In addition, the Centre also runs a mailing list which can be subscribed to on our 'contact us' page.