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Talk by Bob Shoemaker: Tracing Convict Lives Using the Digital Panopticon, 1780-1925
April 16, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Professor Robert Shoemaker is involved in a new digitisation project – http://www.digitalpanopticon.org. Building on Old Bailey Online, the Proceedings of the Old Bailey 1674-1913, it provides access, through sophisticated record linkage, to detailed evidence about Old Bailey convicts, some of them from west London, who were either transported to Australia or imprisoned in Britain between 1780 and 1865.
Bob Shoemaker, who is Professor of Eighteenth-Century British History at the University of Sheffield, will present the key findings of the project, particularly concerning the different impact of the two punishments on convict lives, including their reoffending, health, longevity, and family formation. These findings will be illustrated with the life stories of convicts from the Richmond area.