Denbighshire Rogues Gallery feature on the One Show

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.

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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

One Response to “Denbighshire Rogues Gallery feature on the One Show”

  1. rhylhistoryclub Says:

    Reblogged this on Rhyl History Club and commented:
    Did you see Denbighshire Archives on the One Show last week?

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