Torture, Lags and Cop Killers

Very interesting session this week and notable by the intelligent insights and comments from everyone regarding the written and picture sources - well done to all !

We began by examining Foucault's work on the changing nature of crime and punishment pre and post enlightenment. For more works on the 'bloody code' and crime in the period 1450 - 1850, please see the link of works available on Amazon here:

We then chartered Peace's early criminal career and the resulting incarceration at the Wakefield House of Correction.

Here are a few links for the History of Wakefield prison for you to explore:

A Short History of Wakefield Prison

Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush

Further Information

Wakefield Prison - Historic Maps

We moved on to examine the penal reform changes and examine the prison system in the mid nineteenth century. To place into context what Peace would have experienced at Wakefield in 1851.

It was good to see people have been reading around the subject and been scouring the book shops and online book providers for works on Peace, 19 century crime, economic/social historical accounts. This is great to see!

Final point - on my 'pals' course we have organised fieldwork that investigates the Redmires archeology in Sheffield. I have tried to organise fieldwork for this course also - a tour of the Black Museum at New Scotland Yard but unfortunately this venue is only open to serving police officers.

Would people be interested in fieldwork for this course? Has anyone ideas or suggestions for a possible day visit to connect in with the themes of this course? Jim mentioned the tour of Lincoln Prison - would this be something people would be interested in?

Perhaps a visit over to Lincoln by train, a tour of the prison and then lunch somewhere? I would welcome your thoughts on this at the next session or by e mail.

Next week - Peace as 'cop killer'

1 comment:

shel said...


Yes, I'd certainly be interested in visiting Lincoln (access permitting)

I've found the sessions so far very interesting, and they have left me eager to attend the next session to learn more.

I managed to source "King Of The Lags" through Amazon. The book is in slightly shabby, but readable condition, and was delivered today. I was impressed, as I only ordered it yesterday.

I'm looking forward to a nice quiet evening, curled up reading the book.