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Members and visiting fellows of the centre have published widely on the history of crime, policing and justice.  

Recent Books

Here are some examples of recent, leading books produced in the centre. For more information about their content, please click on their covers.

Other Recent Publications

Rosalind Crone, 'Educating the labouring poor in nineteenth-century Suffolk', Social History, 43 (2) (2018), pp. 161-185.

Rosalind Crone, 'Educating Criminals; or, Where did the 19th century prisoner go to school?', Social History Blog, April 2018

Paul Lawrence, 'The Vagrancy Act (1824) and the Persistence of Pre-emptive Policing in England since 1750', British Journal of Criminology, 57 (3) (2017), pp. 513-531.


For lists of further publications produced by individual members of the centre, including books, articles and chapters, use the following links to access profiles on Open Research Online:


Policeman photo

Contact us

Please direct enquiries about the Centre, including its facilities and access to its resources, to Dr Rosalind Crone:

Department of History
Faculty of Arts
The Open University
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes

Telephone: +44 (0)1908 652477
Fax: +44 (0)1908 653750