British Library/The National Archives crime seminar

Interpreting Crime: Sources, Perceptions and Policy  

11 December 2008  

 The National Archives, Kew 


We would like to invite you to the first in a series of afternoon seminars jointly hosted by The National Archives and The British Library and built around subjects of key significance for the social science community. This seminar will use unique and diverse examples from our collections to revisit changing conceptions of criminals and their crimes. Four speakers will draw on a range of historical and contemporary material and their own research to generate discussion about what shapes personal and public responses to crime.


The talks will be followed by an informal drinks reception.



13:45-14:15:   Registration


14:15:   Welcome

Caroline Williams – Head of Research and Collections Development, The National Archives   


14:30:   Dr Paul Carter – Projects Director Living the Poor Life, The National Archives and Prof Clive Emsley – Department of History, Open University: ‘Crime and Criminal Justice: Changing Historical Perspectives’


15:30-15:45:   Break


15:45:   Sarah Evans – Content Specialist, Social Sciences, The British Library:  ‘On the QT: Historical and Contemporary Material on Prostitution’


16:15:  Prof Dick Hobbs, Department of Sociology, London School of Economics:  ‘Organised Crime in Britain: Societal Scourge or Moral Panic?’


16:45:   Conclusion

Jude England – Head of Social Science Collections and Research, The British Library


17:00-18:00:  Reception


If you would like to attend this event, please reply by email to: mailto: by 28 November. Seating is limited, and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.


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