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Crime and punishment

We are working on a series of Crime and Punishment learning resources based on our collections; the first of these to become available can be found below.



Victorian Crime and Punishment: Suffolk’s Reform School

This resource uses primary sources from Kerrison Reform School to explore crime and punishment in Victorian Suffolk as it related to children.

Kerrison’s Reform School opened in 1856. Boys as young as 9 were sent there by the courts in an attempt to deter them from committing further crimes.

The resource includes background information so you can teach your class about the school, and suggested activities. A History activity gives your pupils the opportunity to explore the primary sources for themselves. Statistics activities give them the chance to extract and analyse data, and draw their own conclusions.

Download the resource here.