FREE Public Engagement Programme to accompany the LMA ‘Criminal Lives, 1780-1925’ Exhibition

To complement the ‘Criminal Lives, 1780-1925: Punishing Old Bailey Convicts’ exhibition at the London Metropolitan Archives, the AHRC Digital Panopticon team are contributing a free public events programme.  Event information and booking details can be found below.  We hope to see you at the LMA in Spring 2018!

The Art of Crime: Convict Art in association with Ikon, Birmingham

Speakers: Dr Larissa Allwork (The University of Sheffield) and Dr Linzi Stauvers (Ikon, Birmingham).  Talk and Workshop.
13 January, 10.30 am – 12.30 pm
FREE Booking essential
An introduction to the making of LMA’s ‘Criminal Lives’ exhibition and the representation of convicts. Pugin, Rowlandson and Hogarth prints from LMA’s collections will be on show. Art Historian Linzi Stauvers will discuss the life of transported convict artist, Thomas Bock. (Exhibition at Ikon, Birmingham, 6 December 2017 – 11 March 2018).

The IHR British History in the Long 18th Century Seminar: Sparing the noose: the penal outcomes of convicts sentenced to death at the Old Bailey, 1730 to 1868.

Speaker: Professor Bob Shoemaker (The University of Sheffield). Talk.
24 January, 5.15 – 7.30 pm
FREE Booking essential
A significant and increasing proportion of those sentenced to death at the Old Bailey were ‘spared the noose’ and instead transported, imprisoned, or given free pardons. This talk explains how the death penalty was gradually abandoned and discusses how, and on what basis, decisions about alternative penal outcomes were made.

Standing Trial at the 19th century Old Bailey

Speaker: Professor Tim Hitchcock (the University of Sussex).  Talk.
27 February, 6 – 7.30 pm
FREE Booking essential
We know a tremendous amount about trials held at the Old Bailey in the 19th century. Exploring this knowledge places flesh on dead bones, puts words in dead mouths, and helps us understand that most dramatic moment when a defendant emerged from the cells to a trial that could lead to exile, death or imprisonment.


Victims and Rogues in the Family? FindmyPast Family History Session                               

Speaker: Aoife O Connor (The University of Sheffield and Findmypast). Workshop.
23 March, 2 – 4 pm
FREE Booking essential
Discover the ‘true crime’ story in your family tree. Using examples drawn from biographies of convicts, historical records and newspapers, learn how to tell the story of your ancestor’s brush with the law, with Aoife O Connor of Findmypast and the Digital Panopticon project.

The Newgate Dead

Speaker: Dr Richard Ward (The University of Exeter).  Workshop.
14 April, 2 – 4 pm
FREE Booking essential
This workshop explores the coroner’s inquests on prisoners who died in Newgate, and opens discussion of the conditions in Newgate. Participants will use the Digital Panopticon website to link up the coroner’s inquests with other crime records and reveal more about the biographies of prisoners who died in Newgate.

To book a place at any of these events, please visit the LMA on Eventbrite:


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