A Gentleman’s Joke

The joke book of Edward Herbert, Victorian gentleman, of Upper Helmsley Hall (archive-ref DDHT/18/1) Ask someone to describe the typical Victorian gentleman, and ‘humorous’ is probably one of the last adjectives that would be conjured.  Our impression of the Victorians is one of stern-faced disciplinarians with a stiff upper lip, who you couldn’t possibly imagine […]

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Our Criminal Ancestors

Using historical criminal justice records by Professor Helen Johnston Professor of Criminology, University of Hull (guest contributor) During 2017 and 2018, we led a collaborative public engagement project funded by the AHRC called ‘Our Criminal Ancestors‘ and we continue to work with a range of archives, museums and heritage organisations to engage the public in […]

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