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Early Modern Forum: Eleanor Bland
13 October, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Policing and the Identification of Offenders in Metropolitan London, 1780-1850.
Eleanor Bland’s thesis is concerned with the police, and the relationships between the police and those whom they arrested. In particular, how did the police choose whom to arrest, and what reasons did they give for these arrests? How important, therefore, were the police in shaping the received record of criminal activity? The period between 1780 and 1850 was one of extensive change and reform in policing in Britain, and London was at the forefront of these changes. This paper draws upon research using the Old Bailey Proceedings and contemporary newspapers, and analyses ‘proactive’ arrests made by the police. It suggests that the police were important in shaping contemporary perceptions of a criminal class in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century.
Thursday lunchtime programme coordinated jointly by the postgraduate-run Early Modern Discussion Group and SCEMS.
From October to December, the interdisciplinary Forum meets in the Humanities Research Institute at 1:05pm.
NB There will be no Forum on Thursdays 6, 20 October and 3 November.