In partnership with Plymouth Central Library this event provided the opportunity for the public, particularly young people, to learn about how the research activities of the School of Law and Criminal Justice at the University can improve community life and contribute to promoting fairness and justice.
Eighteen posters illustrated current criminological and legal issues of core concern to the community, particularly challenging public misconceptions of crime and punishment, difficulties in accessing the law and legal advice for disadvantaged and vulnerable groups, homelessness, the rights and interests of victims, challenging hate crime, rehabilitating offenders, community payback schemes for young offenders and immigration.
The exhibition was designed to facilitate active public engagement with researchers. Participants took part in a quiz competition based on the posters and discussions with researchers. Three mixed-media interactive activities for school and reading groups were programmed during the afternoon to further stimulate interest in the issues raised by the posters and awareness of library resources and facilities.
Featured programmed activities
- 2.30pm: 'Banged Up', an interactive activity which explores young offenders' experiences in prison via cartoons and video clip
- 2.45pm: ‘Every contact leaves a trace’: a forensic expert will do a short presentation on his work
- 3pm: ‘Bent Cops’ with Detective Chief Inspector Brookshaw of Devon and Cornwall Police who will talk about the issue of police corruption
- 3.45pm: 'Whodunnit?', a murder mystery game in which participants will be introduced to a murder scene, provided with clues and forensic evidence and asked to guess the murderer
- exclusive tours of the library
- stimulated interest in law and criminal justice issues
- gave greater awareness of how social science research, particularly in the areas of law and criminal justice, can improve community life and promote fairness and social justice
- generated interest in how the School of Law and Criminal Justice tries to have an impact through its research, collaboration with legal and criminal justice agencies
- generated student engagement, for example the work of the Justice Works and Innocence projects
- allowed participants to discover the library as an interactive medium and find out about library resources and range of literary genres.
Participants were encouraged to bring along personal mobile devices and to download a free app in advance that enabled them to download poster images, watch videos, access websites, etc.