Everyday Offending in Devonport Past and Present

Devonport Police, 1913. Image credit: Plymouth City Council Central Library.

  • Mayor's Parlour, Devonport Guildhall, Ker Street, Devonport, Plymouth PL1 4EL

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We are hosting witness seminars at the Devonport Guildhall in association with RIO - Real Ideas Organisation. This event will form part of a month long exhibition, providing real life context for community engagement about everyday offending in Devonport, Plymouth.

The first seminar 'Policing everyday offending in Devonport' (10:00-12:00) will focus on the experiences of dealing with offending and criminal activity in Devonport including testimony from current and retired police officers.

The second seminar 'Community responses to everyday offending' (13:00-15:00) will focus on the experience of those affected by criminal acts and those who were responsible for causing the offence.

Witness seminars comprise a panel of witnesses who provide brief introductions, comment on their professional role, and their understanding of the topic and its relevance. They are asked questions to initiate a discussion highlighting different perspectives and experiences. The audience are invited to comment and ask further questions.

This event is open to all and there is a one hour lunch break between the seminars. 

Please confirm your attendance by emailing kim.stevenson@plymouth.ac.uk.

(Re)Purposed Communities: Law, History and Heritage in Devonport

The University is also hosting (Re)Purposed Communities: Law, History and Heritage in Devonport on Saturday 11 November. This is a Transmedia Storytelling Experience and will take the form of a criminal investigation. 

Visit the event page for more information.

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Biography: Kim Stevenson

Kim Stevenson is Professor of SocioLegal History with a particular interest in the history of crime and criminal justice. She is co-founder and co-director of SOLON: Interdisciplinary Studies in Law, Crime and History and co-editor of the Routledge SOLON book series: Explorations in the Histories of Crime and Criminal Justice. She is currently leading research on Everyday Offending in Plymouth and the South West 1850-1914.

Biography: Dr Judith Rowbotham

Dr Judith Rowbotham is a Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Law, Criminology and Government and co-founded the SOLON project with Kim Stevenson and is Co-director. She is also one of the general editors of the Routledge SOLON series. Her research interests include the presentation or reportage of the criminal justice system and issues of gender, violence and cultural comprehensions of the law in action, from the late-18th century to the present. She is a trustee of the South West Police Heritage Trust and is also involved in the Everyday Offending project.

About the ESRC Festival of Social Science

(extract from the ESRC* website)

The ESRC Festival of Social Science offers a fascinating insight into some of the country's leading social science research and how it influences our social, economic and political lives - both now and in the future.

You may be surprised at just how relevant the festival's events are to society today. Social science research makes a difference. Discover how it shapes public policy and contributes to making the economy more competitive, as well as giving people a better understanding of 21st century society. From big ideas to the most detailed observations, social science affects us all everyday - at work, in school, when raising children, within our communities, and even at the national level.


Everyone - from schoolchildren to politicians - can take part in and hear about social science research in the festival's many engaging events.

This celebration of the social sciences takes place across the UK - via public debates, conferences, workshops, interactive seminars, film screenings, virtual exhibitions and much more.

Visit the ESRC Festival of Social Science website for more information about the festival.

* ESRC - Economic and Social Research Council.


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