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Notes for teachers

(1) General information

This resource has been produced using books, manuscript and printed material held by Archives and Special Collections, Durham University Library which are all available for consultation in the searchroom.

Debtor's petition, ASC Add MS 1130/4
Durham County Advertiser, 3 June 1830 M/F 072 DUR
Durham County Advertiser, 22 November 1833 M/F 072 DUR
Durham Chronicle LLL 072 DUR
Calendar of prisoners, 1786
Calendar of prisoners, 1836
Song Book containing 25 Popular Songs of the late Tommy Armstrong, Pam L 828.4
John Howard, The State of Prisons in England and Wales, Winterbottom + K2/1
Fry and Gurney, Tour of Prisons, Routh 64 C.25
Rules for the governance of Durham Gaol, 1819, XLL 942.8
Rules for the governance of Durham Gaol, 1865, L 365.6 HM
Plan of Durham Prison, DCRO, Durham Sheet xxvii.1.19
Gentleman's Magazine, 1805. Bamburgh P 4 57

(2) Contents and use of resources

This investigation considers the changing nature of Crime and Punishment in the period between 1750 and 1900, using Durham as a focus. It uses information contained in printed calendars of prisoners, letters and manuscript material, publications by well-known prison reformers, maps and two rule books relating to Durham Prison. Each source is accompanied by a series of questions which are designed to lead the student through the process of interrogation and arrive at their own conclusion. Background information has been provided where appropriate and it is hoped that the site will be of use to anyone studying Crime and Punishment in this period. In addition to providing background information, each source page contains links to other websites, a glossary of terms and a timeline.

New to this resource is the addition of an archive and a gallery. The archive contains copies of documents used in the investigation and additional material which might be of interest to anyone studying Crime and Punishment. The gallery contains examples of student work inspired by this and other sites. If you are interested in submitting any work for inclusion on this page, please contact our Education Outreach Officer at sarah.price@durham.ac.uk

(3) Curriculum Links

This resource has been designed to support the study of Crime and Punishment at Key Stages 3 and 4. It could be used as part of a study of Britain 1750-1900 at Key Stage 3 and as part of the Crime and Punishment Through Time development study of the Schools History Project.

Knowledge and understanding of Crime and Punishment is a requirement of Citizenship and the resource could be used in this way. Indeed, specific Citizenship activities have been designed for some of the material used in this investigation. These are identified by the use of the following symbol:





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