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Findmypast and Crime Historians come to Wigtown

Event date Event time Event location
24/02/2017 - 26/02/2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm The Open Book, 2 High Street, Wigtown, Wigtownshire

Between 24th and 26th February 2017, University of Liverpool historians, including Professor Barry Godfrey (Who Do You Think You Are?; BBC’s The One Show, ITV’s Secrets of the Prison, and Time Team) are coming to Wigtown, Scotland’s National Book Town to discuss the history of eighteenth and nineteenth century Scottish convicts. Aoife O’Connor from family history website, Findmypast will also be on hand on Saturday 26th February (10am- 4pm) to provide members of the public with free one to one guidance on how to use online sources to trace family histories of criminal lives. “Its always good fun to talk about crime history with family and social historians, and I can’t think of a better place to do that than in the Scottish town of books!”

Taking place in the Open Book Shop in Wigtown, talks will include Dr Lucy Williams (author of Wayward Women) on the fascinating life-story of Hannah Holiday, a female convict from Scotland (Wednesday 22nd February, 6pm). The following day preeminent scholar of crime history, Professor Barry Godfrey and Emma Watkins (University of Liverpool) will talk about how to use criminal records to make family and social history (Thursday 24th February 6pm). This talk will complement the interactive Findmypast family history sessions being run on Saturday 26th February, which include the option of individual thirty minutes slots with an online family history specialist as well as free access to the Findmypast website all day. Everyone from the beginner to the accomplished genealogist is welcome to attend this workshop.

All talks are free and are open to the public (slots can be booked in advance at the Open Book Shop). This special event is being held as part of The Digital Panopticon’ project, an AHRC digital transformations research network on criminals sentenced at the London Old Bailey between 1780 and 1875. For more information see the AHRC Digital Panopticon blog.

For more information on the talks/project please contact Dr Larissa Allwork L.F.Allwork@sheffield.ac.uk or telephone 0114 222 2000.

Questions regarding venue access or ticketing can be directed to theopenbookwigtown@gmail.com or telephone 01988 402010.


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