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Recovering the 19th Century: Penal Landscape

Friday, 6 July 2018 10:00 - 16:30

National Justice Museum, High Pavement, Nottingham NG1 1HN, Nottingham
Smith Cooper Grand Jury Room
http://www.nationaljusticemuseum.org.uk/

 

Centre for the History of Crime, Policing and Justice
http://www.open.ac.uk/arts/research/policing/events

ON-LINE REGISTRATON - REFER TO BOTTOM OF PAGE

How many prisons were there in the 19th century? Where were they located? How did they relate to each other?

The penal system in 19th century England was incredibly complicated. It comprised two types of prisons, convict prisons and local prisons. While convict prisons were under the direct control of the Home Office, local prisons were, until the 1877 Prisons Act, managed by a whole host of different local authorities, from counties and boroughs to liberties and even cathedrals. Moreover, included among convict prisons were penitentiaries, public works prisons and prison hulks (aka floating prisons!). And among local prisons were gaols, bridewells and lock ups.

This complexity has meant that penal historians have confined their work to studies of either convict prisons or local prisons, and even more typically, to case studies of individual institutions. There remain big gaps in our knowledge. Simply put, we don’t even know how many prisons existed in nineteenth-century England.

www.prisonhistory.org marks the first stage in recovering that lost landscape. The resource contains key information on, as well as lists of surviving archives of nearly 850 English prisons used to confine those accused and convicted of crime in the period 1800-1899. This one-day conference marks the launch of this new resource by exploring how the data can be used and developed, by academic and non-academic historians alike, to transform our understanding of 19th century imprisonment.

Please refer to registration section below to register, please include any special dietary requirements and any other special requirements.

For further information, please contact Rosalind Crone: Rosalind.Crone@open.ac.uk, and/or FASS-Collaborations@open.ac.uk. Registration closes 22 June 2018.

Programme

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

www.prisonhistory.org: 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 University

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

Registration: 

ON-LINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Rosalind Crone, ros.crone@open.ac.uk or Sarah Batt, fass-collaborations@open.ac.uk