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‘Colleges of Villainy’ – Life Onboard the Prison Hulks

On 15 July 1910 the Sheffield Evening Telegraph recorded the anniversaries of the day. One particular entry was this: Prison hulks first seen on the Thames…1776 But what were the prison hulks, and what was life like on board these ‘floating hells,’ as they came to be known? Prison hulk Warrior at Woolwich | Illustrated London News | 21 February 1846 As part of our history of law and crime month here on The Archive, we will take a look at what life was like on

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Crime and clogging in Craig Revel Horwood’s family

The Clog Dance

This week’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? took us down under and all over Australia. Craig Revel Horwood was able to learn how his ancestors on both sides of his family came to be in Australia and what activities occupied their days, from mining for gold to clog dancing. Convicts in the family Craig’s family history journey began with his sister’s retelling of their great-great grandfather Moses Horwood being convicted of theft and transported to Australia. While it is

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Opening of the Electric Railway by the Prince of Wales – King William Street Terminus, London, 4 November 1890

On 4 November 1890, the Prince of Wales opened the world’s first electric underground railway at the King William Street Terminus in London.  The line ran from King William Street to Stockwell and, after its inauguration on 4 November 1890, it opened to the public the following month. Here is a contemporary newspaper story that reports on the grand opening.       Register today!


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