This blog is run by criminal historian and writer Nell Darby.

I write primarily about crime from the 17th to 20th centuries. I am particularly interested in the English magistracy, and crime reporting in the English press. I have a PhD in the history of crime – my thesis looked at the role of summary proceedings in English rural society during the long eighteenth century.

I am the editor of Your Family Tree magazine, but have also written for many magazines, local and national newspapers and websites about criminal and social history.

History features I have written have been as diverse as as a series on the pre-1971 criminal justice system for Discover Your Ancestors; a piece on the costs of archival research for historians for The Guardian; and a feature on the Victorians’ obsession with the clothing of convicted murderers for Ancestors.

I have also written two books about the history of crime and punishment – Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in the Cotswolds (Pen & Sword) and Olde Cotswold Punishments (The History Press). I am currently working on my third book.

For more about my writing and journalism, please see my portfolio page, or my professional website.  You can get in touch with me via Twitter or the contact page of this blog.

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