Denbighshire Archives and the Ruthin Gaol Museum were featured on BBC 1’s The One Show as part of a focus on Victorian criminals and the early use of photography as a means of identification.
A production team, to include well-know historian, Ruth Goodman, spent a whole day at the Gaol and Archives, and we were on the show last night.
Presenter, Ruth, had her ‘mugshot’ taken and developed by a photographer who specialises in Victorian photographic techniques; a school pupil from Penycae found some information on his ancestor who had been imprisoned at Ruthin in 1871 for the theft of a velvet coat; and Ruth and Richard Ireland, a senior lecturer form Aberystwyth who specialises in the history of criminal law, discussed two rare, early ‘mugshot’ books which are part of the Denbighshire Constabulary’s records in the Archives.
The show is available to view on the BBC iplayer for the next week only. http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/
This is not the first time for the ‘mugshot’ books to be featured on our blog, in March 2012 we ran a blog post relating to the conservation of these items.
More images are available on the People’s Collections here – http://www.peoplescollectionwales.co.uk/Item/7861-victorian-mug-shot-album-of-convicted-felons