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Child criminals - Young offenders in Victorian Dorset

This session looks how how children and teenagers who committed crimes were treated in the Victorian era. A free pack is available for download for this topic.

Session overview

This session use photographs, prison records, newspaper cuttings, letters and more.

Participants are asked to act as 'history detectives' extracting evidence from the records, put themselves in the place of young people in Victorian prisons or reformatory schools and reflect on how attitudes and punishments have changed since Victorian times.

The session is principally aimed at Key Stages 2 and 3, but the source material and activities can be adapted for older pupils

This pack includes copies of police photographs, prison records and a letter home from an ex-reformatory school boy. It also includes sample activities, historical background, transcripts and glossaries.

Child criminals - Young offenders in Victorian Dorset (pdf, 5Mb) (opens in a new window)

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