As part of Plymouth History Month, you are invited to join Professor Kim Stevenson and Dr Judith Rowbotham from the School of Law, Criminology and Government at Plymouth University for this public talk exploring the problems associated with policing Devonport from 1870 to 1914.
The talk is open to all and we welcome those interested in local history and heritage or who are proud of their local community, especially the iconic Devonport Guildhall where the town’s magistrates dealt with petty crime and low level offending.
We would be delighted if any visitors have any stories, anecdotes or photographs about the magistrates who served on the bench, police officers based at the police station there until the 1960s, or lawyers and others who appeared at the court until it closed in the mid-20th century.
We are currently working on a study to reveal the heritage of the Three Towns from the late 19th century onwards to recover forgotten tales and discover those never previously highlighted with a view to mapping continuity and change in how everyday offending was dealt with, and the impact it had on local communities, between two time periods 1880-1920 and more recently 1980-2020.
In due course we want to engage the current community in discussing our findings to build a more comprehensive picture of the causes and effects of such offending.
There is a nominal fee of £2.50 for attendance to cover tea and coffee. Advance booking is required by phoning 01752 395028.
Email Louise Evans (email@example.com) for further information or queries.