Victorian Crimes and Punishment

This website is all about Crime and Punishment in the UK in the 19th Century. There is a prisoner database with actual prisoner records and case studies for a more in-depth view of the crimes and trials of some of the inmates.

The information contained on this site includes an easy to search database of prisoner records with vivid case studies and supporting materials that open a window on 19th century life. The materials are relevant to many areas of the curriculum. Teacher Support material have been provided under the following sections:
  • Use in the Curriculum: Links to the National Curriculum.
  • Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3-4: Suggested activities for the relevant key stages. The activities vary in difficulty to allow for the wide difference in age and ability of pupils. They do not have to be followed completely, but are provided as starting points.
  • Places and Links: Outlets for further research.
  • Timelines: Information on the changes and developments that occurred during the time period.
  • Using Local Archives: Information on the types of local records available and how these can be used for research.
A Gallery of high quality photographs, cleared to be downloaded and edited for educational use, has also been provided and Glossary of terms.
Victorian Crimes and Punishment