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 Introduction

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Montage of images showing Calendar of Prisoners, plan of Durham Prison, an escape form and Durham Assize Court.

Montage of images showing Calendar of Prisoners, plan of Durham Prison, an escape form and Durham Assize Court.

 

 

Crime and Punishment is a subject that fascinates most people, probably because it has a direct impact on our lives. Most people will either know someone who is or be themselves affected by crime. It is also an ever-evolving subject. Just as the nature and incidence of crime changes over time so does our attitude to punishment and its purpose.

We are going to look at how Crime and Punishment changed from the mid-eighteenth century to the end of the nineteenth century using Durham as an example. Sources held by Durham University Library Archives and Special Collections are used to consider crime and criminals, people and punishments and prison reform.

You can work through the investigation in order or use the navigation tools at the top or left-hand side of the page to go to the section you are interested in.

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