Past In Pictures : A Photographic View of Crime and Punishment
Part of a series providing a pictoral look at life in hospitals, prisons, schools, the home, on holiday and during World War One from Victorian times to present day. Produced in partnership with The National Archives, these books look at everyday life in Britain and during the War.
Children will be able to see what life was like for criminals since early photography began. Society's treatment of people who break the law was transformed in Victorian times with the introduction of the police force, But how did this affect criminal activity ? Starting in 1812 we look at how prisons and the treatment of prisoners have changed over the past 200 years.
Staff Reviews The Past in Pictures: A photographic view of... series published by The National Archives and Wayland Press, is a must for any primary school and home library. The series covers a wide range of themes such as Crime and Punishment, Schools, Home Life, Holidays and Hospitals, giving a broad insight into our social history over the last couple of centuries.
For any teacher or parent tackling the issue of teaching chronology and wanting to engage children with a sense of the past, these books are a great resource. Each book offers a visual timeline across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries using original photographs to be found in the collections at The National Archives.
In the Photographic view of Crime and Punishment we can discover images relating to prison life and the police force from 1812. This collection also includes an astonishing police photograph of the suffragette Evelyn Menesta shutting her eyes to make it difficult for her to be identified. It is also clear from the photograph that she is being physically restrained by somebody's arm but the rest of the perpetrator has been "removed"!
All books contain a helpful "Questions to ask and explore" section for teachers, parents or carers to use as guide to teach children, covering each individual photograph in the book. There is also a useful glossary and links section to help children read independently.
This is a really engaging series of books which encourages school children or anybody who is interested in social history to ask questions about our past.
Education Web Manager