Thank you!

Well, that was fun – I hope everyone who came enjoyed themselves as much as I did.

If you gave a paper and have any notes, slides or associated information that you’d like to be made available, get in touch with me (sharon.howard@sheffield.ac.uk) and I can post them here as a resource.

I should thank Clive Emsley and Sue Watkins for organising the conference (especially since it would probably have been my job if they hadn’t done it…).

And finally, thanks to everyone who came for making this such an enjoyable and stimulating event!


(And guess what? I haven’t finished writing my paper…)

Here’s the final version (barring last-minute emergencies) of the conference programme (pdf).

And some useful information from Sue Watkins:

When you arrive at the OU, please park in the area marked East Parking and report to the Berrill Reception [update: this has changed; instead, registration is in the Old Lecture Theatre, which is on the ground floor in the same building as the Central Meeting Rooms (ie the Christodoulou rooms)] where you will be issued with name badges. You can then make your way to the Christodoulou Meeting Rooms. Further details on how to get here are below.


The Open University has its headquarters at Walton Hall, in Milton Keynes which is midway between London and Birmingham, and Oxford and Cambridge. The OU is sited on the South East side of Milton Keynes. It is close to Junctions 13 and 14 of the M1


Maps of the Campus, local area and region are attached.

By Car

From M1, Junction 14: Follow signs for Milton Keynes, taking A509 to first roundabout (Northfield roundabout). Take first left A5130 signposted to Woburn Sands for two miles. At next roundabout (Kingston roundabout) with BP garage on left, take third exit signposted A5/Aylesbury/Dunstable/Walnut Tree/Universities. Go straight over the next roundabout (Walnut Tree). At the following roundabout (Walton), turn right, then first left for the East entrance to the campus. Main reception is located in the Berrill Building.

From M1, Junction 13: Follow signs for Milton Keynes, taking A421 for 3 1/2 miles to the Kingston roundabout. Take second exit onto Groveway (H9), signposted A5/Aylesbury/Dunstable/Walnut Tree/Universities. Go straight over the next roundabout (Walnut Tree). At the following roundabout (Walton), turn right, then first left for the East entrance to the campus. Main reception is located in the Berrill Building.

By Train

The University is about four miles from Milton Keynes Central station, on the London (Euston) to Birmingham line. MK Central is an Intercity stop. Trains are frequent and the journey time from Euston varies between 35-60 minutes.

By bus

The University is served by a number of public bus services including services to and from Milton Keynes Central Rail Station. For full details, see the Milton Keynes Council bus timetable information page.

In addition to public bus services to and from the station, the University operates its own peak hour station shuttle bus. This is a direct service and is operated by Souls (pick up at bus stop No. 34 at the station).

Useful telephone numbers

OU Main Switchboard +44 (0)1908 274066
OU Visitor’s Reception +44 (0)1908 653000

If you have any questions regarding the conference, please do not hesitate to contact me on either of the numbers below or on 07973 897297.

I’m looking forward to meeting everyone.

You can now download the booking form:

Word document


PDF file

Note: if you have a friend or colleague going along as well, the two of you can book the 2-person per night hotel option and save some money; just ensure that you make clear on your booking form (or in a covering letter) that that’s what you want to do. The deadline for getting the discount rate at the two hotels listed in the form is Friday 31 May (although payment is not required until you’re at the hotel), but it’s recommended that you book as soon as possible.

Download: conference programme (pdf file). (Subject to minor changes and revisions.)

Registration information will follow shortly.

Conference poster

You can now download a conference poster (pdf) to display on your office door or department noticeboard, etc.

A preview

Here is an outline of the draft programme (subject to change) for the conference:

Thursday 10 July (afternoon only)

*Teaching from the Old Bailey Online

*Digitising history

Friday 11 July

*Plenary session

*Female killers

*Material life in the metropolis

*Sexual crime

*Courts and the legal profession in the 19th century

*Aspects of the trial (1)

*Publishing crime (1)

*Plenary session

Saturday 12 July (morning only)

*Long-term homicide patterns

*Publishing crime (2)


*Aspects of the trial (2)

*Criminal gangs

If you think it looks tasty, registration will be opening shortly!

CCC database

To our small but growing band of RSS and email subscribers – welcome!

The good news is that the CCC 1834-1913 database is now available for those who have had papers accepted for the conference to consult while working on them. It’s a very basic test run with a limited set of search options, but the database is complete and finished (apart from the inevitable minor corrections).

You will need to email Sharon Howard (or one of the project directors) for the URL and the passwords to access the database. Please do not pass the information on to anyone else at this stage – the server capacity of this test run is limited and use should be restricted to what’s absolutely necessary, to avoid overloading it and incurring the wrath of our technicians.

For all other uses, the material will be publicly available with a full range of searching options by the end of March, so please be patient just a little longer.

If you do use the test run in the next month or so, any feedback on the experience will be greatly appreciated.