When I first began this blog, I never imagined I would have a section entitled Tv, Talks and Publications let alone a lists of things to fill it with. How times change. Anyway, here’s a brief summary of what I’ve done so far and links, where available. Whilst I don’t have downloadable links to most of the papers themselves some of the abstracts are available
here. If there is anything you want to ask or check with me, or better still something you think might interest me, then please feel free to email on email@example.com
Outside of academia, I work in web design and filmmaking. I have been lucky enough to combine my academic research with my web design on a number of projects in the last few years.
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TV/RADIO: In the last few years, thanks entirely to this blog, I have been lucky enough to be asked to provide expert testimony on historical executions in the North East of England for BBC’s Murder, Mystery and My Family. I have put links, where available, below.
Murder, Mystery and My Family (BBC):
1. Michael Gilligan execution 1875 – Durham Prison
Murder Mystery and My Family BBC. Michael Gilligan case. Image courtesy of BBC Iplayer
2. Herbert Rowse Armstrong 1922 – Gloucester Prison
Murder Mystery and My Family – Herbert Rowse Armstrong. Image courtesy of BBC Iplayer
3. John Stephenson Bainbridge 1935 – Durham Prison
Original Broadcast: 28/07/2020
4. Joseph Lowson 1884 – Durham Prison
Rumour Has It – Searching for a Hangman.
Execution Culture in Nineteenth Century Britain: From Public Spectacle to Hidden Ritual (Routledge: 2020).
The Changing Presentation of Execution in Newcastle Upon Tyne 1844-1863, SOLON, Law, Crime and History (2018), 1.
PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT: July 2020 (BBC Radio Newcastle) Interview on Breakfast with Jilly Hope (Nov, 2016) “Pseudoscience in the North East.” A Post-show talk for The Live Theatre, Newcastle’s show Harriet Martineau Dreams of Dancing.
NB: My Talk starts around 27.27
(Jan, 2016) ‘Social Memory and the Landscape: Tracing Execution in the North East of England’.
Presented at CIRCA Arts’ Social Memory and the Landscape Discussion. Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, Sunderland. 23 rd January 2016. (June 2015)
*Winner of the People’s Choice Award* (June, 2015) 3 Minute Thesis Competition North East. Durham University. 11th June, 2015. A national competition in which you must summarise, without any notes, your thesis in under 3 minutes and in the most accessible way possible.
A Civilizing Moment? Reflecting on 150 years since the abolition of public execution, Literary and Philosophical Society, Newcastle. 6th June 2018.
TALKS/PAPERS GIVEN: U.K:
“In one custom we are more barbarous than our ancestors in bygone days. It is the toll of the Felon’s Plot”: A study of the exhumation of executed prisoners at Newcastle Gaol. Presented at the Cemeteries Colloquium 2021, York University.
“ A Time is fast coming when such murder will no longer be perpetrated”: Seeing justice done in Victorian Newcastle. Presented at British Crime Historians Symposium, Leeds University.
(2018) “What will future ages say at such barbarous proceedings as this?” Witnessing an execution, the diaries of Richard Lowry.
A Civilizing Moment? Reflecting on 150 Years Since the Abolition of Public Execution, Literary and Philosophical Society, Newcastle
(May 2017) ‘The blackguardism of the town was indeed fully represented’: A study of the execution of George Vass.
Lives, Trials and Executions: Perspectives on Crime. Liverpool John Moores University
(May 2017) Glancing The Gallows: Seeing Justice Done in the North East of England 1752-1878. Presented at
Through a Legal Lens: Images of Crime and Criminals, Law and Lawyers. Northumbria University
(October 2016) “A Warning for the Future and a Memento of the Past:” Punishment in the North East Landscape. Presented at the
Society for the Study of French History Visiting Scholar Scheme’s Thematic Humanities and Social Sciences Workshop. Northumbria University
(Mar, 2016) ‘The Discipline of Discipline Itself: Execution in the North East 1868-1878’. Presented at Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies (CNCS) Conference:
Victorian Culture and the Origin of Disciplines. University of Durham.
(Feb, 2015) ‘Capital Punishment, Phrenology and the Lit and Phil: The Curious Case of Alderman Fife and his “Mental Delusions.”
Presented at Medieval & Early Modern Studies’ One Day Symposium: The Archive at the Lit & Phil. 18 February, th 2015.
(Feb, 2015) ‘Privacy, Punishment and the Press: Capital Punishment in the North East of England 1752-1878’. Presented at Sunderland University’s History Lab. 12
th February, 2015.
(2014) Privacy, Punishment and the Press: Capital Punishment in the North East of England 1752-1878. Presented at the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies, Durham University. 20
th November 2014.
(2015) ‘Capital Punishment, Phrenology and the Press: The Curious Case of the Newcastle Journal and the “Bumpologist” Mayor, John Fife.’ Presented at Research Society for Victorian Periodicals Annual Conference: Life and Death in the 19th Century. University of Ghent, Belgium. 10 – 11 July 2015.