About this site
At the core of Victorian Crime and Punishment is a searchable database of over 20,000 prisoners in Bedford, Huntingdon, Cambridge and Ely gaols, with photographs where available.
The site also contains background information on each of the gaols, life inside a nineteenth century prison and the justice system. Wherever possible, digitised images of the original archive materials have also been made available.
It is brought to life by in-depth case studies of prisoners and their crimes. These include transcripts and facsimiles of original documents and interpretations of the events depicted, in a variety of media such as video and cartoon. The case studies come with pre-prepared activities developed by history advisers in Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire.
The site has been developed jointly by Bedfordshire County Council, Cambridgeshire County Council and E2BN (East of England Regional Broadband Network).