Port Arthur, Tasmania
On 21 March 2017, Barry Godfrey gave a paper on the Digital Panopticon and ‘Dark Tourism’ at a LABEX Past in the Present workshop convened at the Kuumba Imani Millennium Centre, Liverpool. Barry’s paper addressed the ethical implications of the Digital […]
Port Arthur, Tasmania
Eleanor, Emma and Larissa at the Sheffield Showcase.
On Saturday 11th March, myself, Emma Watkins and Eleanor Bland ran a Digital Panopticon stand as part of the University of Sheffield’s Faculty of Arts and Humanities Showcase at the city’s Millennium Gallery. Reflecting […]
The London Metropolitan Archives
On 15th February 2017, myself and representatives of the Digital Panopticon team had a meeting with the London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) about an upcoming Digital Panopticon themed exhibition to be held at the LMA. The exhibition will tell stories of people convicted […]
Digital Panopticon representatives have returned from their public engagement adventures at The Open Book, Wigtown (22nd – 25th February 2017). Following press coverage in the local newspaper, The Galloway Gazette, the team offered public talks at the book shop on Scottish Convict, Hannah Holiday (Lucy […]
Between 22nd and 25th February 2017, Digital Panopticon historians, including Barry Godfrey are coming to Wigtown, Scotland’s National Book Town to discuss the history of eighteenth and nineteenth century Scottish convicts. Digital Panopticon PhD student, Aoife O’Connor and representative of Findmypast will also be on hand […]
Our conference to mark the completion of the Digital Panopticon project will be held on 13-15 September 2017, St George’s Hall, Liverpool, UK.
We invite papers on any aspect of crime and punishment in Britain and its penal colonies between 1780 and 1925. We also welcome papers which include a comparative dimension with other times and places; papers on digital history, life-histories of prisoners […]
The Digital Panopticon project is linking together a wide variety of criminal justice, genealogical, and biometric records to trace thousands of convict lives from birth to death. Each story will start with a birth date anywhere from the mid eighteenth century to the mid nineteenth century, and will include a variety of events including convictions for minor offences, one or […]
We’re looking for someone to help us get the project launched next year!
Based in the Humanities Research Institute, you will develop and implement plans to generate publicity for the project web resource and its research findings following the release of the completed website in spring 2017, and maximise the non-academic impact of the project. Working with University media and public […]
Our recent trip to Australia for the Digital Panopticon conference was an invaluable opportunity for so many reasons. We were able to connect and learn from our colleagues across the globe, share our work and develop new ideas and, perhaps most rewarding of all, we had the opportunity to visit some of the remaining places and spaces of convict-era Australia.
Bob Shoemakers’ keynote address from the Penal History in a Digital Age conference in Tasmania, June 2016, focused on the project’s Epistemologies research theme. He asked: Why did they keep such detailed records about criminals?
What makes the Digital Panopticon project possible is the fact that in nineteenth-century Britain and Australia detailed records were kept for the first time about the personal characteristics of […]