Wednesday, 27 November 2019


Young Criminal Lives: Experience, Practice and Reform in the North-West, c. 1854- c. 1914

Geoffrey Manton

A public lecture by Prof Heather Shore

Director of the Manchester Centre for Public History and Heritage

Date: Wednesday 27 November 2019

Time: 5.30pm (refreshments available from 5.00)

Location: Room LT5, Geoffrey Manton building, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester M15 6LL

Tickets: Free- just turn up. All welcome.

This lecture explores the lives of children and young people who passed through the industrial and reformatory schools from the mid-Victorian period, focusing on three key north-west institutions. The Akbar training ship, moored on the Mersey at Heswall, the Stockport Industrial School, and Bradwall reformatory near Sandbach, Cheshire, represent the range of institutions established to deal with young offenders from the 1850s, until they were merged into the new Approved Schools, with the Children and Young Persons Act of 1933. This lecture places the institutions within their north-west context but also considers the life-courses of some of the children, many of whom were from the urban/industrial conurbations of Liverpool, Manchester and Crewe. This study followed the pathways of delinquent children both before they entered the institution and after they had left; tracing former inmates of industrial and reformatory schools through the period of ‘aftercare’ (an early form of probation which lasted for three to five years after they had left) and beyond.

Manchester Centre for Public History and Heritage
Manchester Metropolitan University

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