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Investigating 19th century crime

Criminal Lives

Criminal Lives

London Metropolitan Archives is one of my favourite places to study, with its airy atmosphere, efficient service and friendly staff. My recent visit was enriched further by an excellent new exhibition all about criminal transportation.

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Silent Witness

Silent Witness

Silent Witness is one of my favourite TV shows and I’m currently enjoying series 21, which is airing in the UK. Although I have to cover my eyes during the gruesome bits, I love the pathologists’ puzzle-solving detective work. Autopsies have been carried out for centuries but it wasn’t until the Victorian era that standardised procedures were developed.

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The Detective Who Fed Thousands

The Detective Who Fed Thousands

Victorian police detectives may have been hardened law enforcers, but there was a ‘softer’ side to the law too, especially as many of them had come from humble beginnings. Superintendent James Bent, of the Lancashire Constabulary, was so touched by the plight of the starving children he encountered on the frozen streets of 19th century Manchester, that he resolved to provide food for as many of them as he could.

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