Tales from the Courtroom: Crime in Victorian Middlesbrough

On sale Wednesday 14 March at 10am

Date: Tuesday 29 May 2018
Time: 1.30pm to 2.30pm
Venue: Courtroom
Tickets: Free event – A ticket must be booked for each person attending (Limited availability)

Maintaining law and order was a major concern for the police (and politicians) of Victorian Middlesbrough but what were the realities in the ‘British Ballarat?’ This talk will explore the town’s criminal past, from the brutal assaults, murders and drunkenness that captured press headlines to the more mundane incidents of petty theft and street offences that came before the town’s magistrates. In addition, it will look at the men and women who fell foul of the law to throw light on the boarder social conditions in the rapidly-growing ‘infant Hercules’ hat so amazed many Victorian observers.