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.