Convict Uniforms, Truncheons and Love Tokens: The Digital Panopticon Team are Coming to the London Metropolitan Archives this December

The convict biographies of Thomas Limpus, Charlotte Walker, Annie Sullivan, William Buckley, Mark Jeffrey and Ikey Solomons will be exhibited in the latest Bob Shoemaker and Tim Hitchcock collaboration ‘Criminal Lives, 1780-1925: Punishing Old Bailey Convicts’. After nine months of picture researching, object sourcing, narrative writing and caption creating, the exhibition plan has been passed to the London Metropolitan Archive’s […]

The Digital Panopticon team get ‘creative’.


Between 16th and 21st July 2017, Dr Will Pooley (The University of Bristol), recipient of a British Academy Rising Star Public Engagement Award, convened a conference on ‘Creative Histories’ at the Clifton Pavillion, Bristol Zoo Gardens.  Amidst a highly diverse programme, there […]

Project Conference, September 2017: Registration is Open!

To mark completion of the four year AHRC funded project ‘The Digital Panopticon: The Global Impact of London Punishments’ we are hosting a three day conference. Join us at Liverpool’s St George’s Hall for three days of papers, round-tables, and events on the topic of crime and Punishment in Britain and Australia 1780-1925.
Date: Wednesday 13th- Friday 15th September       […]

20 Jul 2017

Cheers! Digital Panopticon does ‘History in the Pub’

Digital Panopticon teamed up with the London Historians for a transportation themed ‘History in the Pub’ event, on 16 May at The Sir Christopher Hatton, London. We were joined by around 60-70 people for a lovely evening of talks, music and a quiz.
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The voices of the Old Bailey: ‘Data Sprint’ workshop, University of Sussex

‘I beg for mercy; I am sorry for what I have done’
‘I was very heavy in liquor; I got this tankard and I did not know how’
‘It was extreme distress drove me to do it’
‘I declare myself righteous between God and myself’
‘I did not know my first husband was alive, as he had left me seventeen years’
‘I don’t know what […]