Skeleton in your closet? Black sheep in the family? Sinister secret hiding in your family tree?
An exciting new project led by Dr Helen Johnston (University of Hull) and Dr Heather Shore (Leeds Beckett University) aims to help local people explore the criminal past of their own families through a series of free workshops at the Hull History Centre.
- Saturday 15th July - Introduction to Crime and Criminal Records
- Saturday 23rd September - Prosecution and Policing
- Saturday 21st October - Punishment
The project will bring world-renowned experts to Hull to help the public gain greater understanding not only of their own family history, but also the history of the communities, the city and the East Yorkshire region in which they live and work.
The project has been funded by a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), which means that all workshops are free to the public, who can attend any or all workshops where a light lunch will be provided.
For more information or to sign up to one or all of the events please contact the Hull History Centre on 01482 317500 or email Victoria Dawson.
Our criminal ancestors were often just ordinary people, and it’s their stories from the past that can change who we think we are in the present, and the way we think about the history of our streets, our city and our region.
Children often fell into crime as a dire consequence of being born into poverty, such as twelve-year-old John Hines, of Cleveland Street, who in 1891 stole a 4lb bag of almonds to feed himself and his widowed mother, receiving a five year reformatory sentence.
In Hull, Ann Larven was sentenced to five years' penal servitude and two years' police supervision for stealing £7 from one John Shelton whilst in a brothel in 1883.
In the East Riding, Marian Dring made a career of offending, serving several sentences for thefts in Scarborough. In 1884 as a habitual offender she was sentenced to five years' penal servitude for stealing clothes from her employer. Her husband, Henry, only received six months’ hard labour for the same offence, but Marian's previous convictions went against her.
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