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Teaching resources

The information contained on this site includes an easy to search database of prisoner records with vivid case studies and supporting materials that open a window on 19th century life. The materials are relevant to many areas of the curriculum. Teacher Support material have been provided under the following sections:

  • Use in the Curriculum: Links to the National Curriculum.
  • Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3-4: Suggested activities for the relevant key stages. The activities vary in difficulty to allow for the wide difference in age and ability of pupils. They do not have to be followed completely, but are provided as starting points.
  • Places and Links: Outlets for further research.
  • Timelines: Information on the changes and developments that occurred during the time period.
  • Using Local Archives: Information on the types of local records available and how these can be used for research.
  • A Gallery of high quality photographs, cleared to be downloaded and edited for educational use, has also been provided and Glossary of terms.

  • Extension Activities - Curriculum Ideas English
  • Places to Visit
  • Using Quarter Sessions Records
  • Timeline
  • Case studies for Key Stage 3-4
  • Understanding the Information in the Prisoner Records
  • What was it like to be a prisoner in a Victorian gaol?
  • Useful Links
  • KS4 Teacher Notes
  • Researching Your Family – A Helpful Example
  • Access and relevance to the National Curriculum, GCSE and A level
  • Case Studies for Key Stage 2
  • Extension Activities - Curriculum Ideas History
  • Extension Activities - Curriculum Ideas Mathematics
  • Extension Activities - Curriculum Ideas Technology
  • Extension Activities - Curriculum Ideas Art
  • On The Trail Part 1: A Robbery is Committed
  • On The Trail Part 2: Identify the Thief!
  • On The Trail Part 3: Checking for Previous Convictions
  • Connections - Making Connections
  • Connections - Introduction
  • KS4 Warm up Questions
  • KS4 Types of Crime
  • KS4 Punishments
  • KS4 Women & Crime
  • KS4 Young Offenders
  • KS4 19th Century Justice
  • KS4 Historical Enquiry