We do not have a conservator as part of our service and we rely upon external grants to fund most conservation work needed. This year, we have received funding from CyMAL and The NMCT to restore two volumes from our Denbighshire Constabulary Collection.
This grant has enabled us to fund conservation work on two rare criminal description books, comprising of two small, leather bound volumes. These volumes contain carte de visite photographs, with added manuscript descriptions of various felons who had been released from prisons in England or Wales, and who had connections with the Denbighshire area.
The descriptions of the individuals portrayed include brief details of their physical appearance, criminal record, conviction, and sentence. Early photographs of criminals are unusual and these albums comprise photographs dating from the 1860s to the 1880s. These albums are important and significant to the social history of Britain, especially the history of policing.