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Family History Workshop: Criminal Ancestors

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Birkbeck, University of London

Dreyfus Room, Department of History Classics and Archaeology

26-28 Russell Square, Birkbeck, University of London

London, WC1B 5DQ

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Almost every historical family has members who have had run-ins with the law. But what does this mean? How common was it for people to become lawbreakers in different times and places, and what were the consequences? What was the experience of arrest, trial, and punishment for criminals and their families, from capital and corporal punishment, transportation and prison, fines and rehabilitation?

This session will also explore what it means and how it feels to have criminal ancestors. Are there some crimes that don’t bother us, and others that do? How do we understand lawbreakers in our families past? After a short presentation from an academic historian, we’ll explore these questions in a workshop. Please bring some criminal ancestors along!

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Birkbeck, University of London

Dreyfus Room, Department of History Classics and Archaeology

26-28 Russell Square, Birkbeck, University of London

London, WC1B 5DQ

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