Arresting series of talks on crime

LAW AND ORDER: Kitty Ross, curator of social history at Abbey House Museum. PIC: James Hardisty
LAW AND ORDER: Kitty Ross, curator of social history at Abbey House Museum. PIC: James Hardisty
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An arresting series of talks are set to shed some light on the murky world of crime through the centuries.

As part of Abbey House Museum’s new Crime and Punishment exhibition, expert speakers will be visiting to explore different aspects of crime, law and justice.

The talks will continue today and May 3, with Leeds Trinity University’s Stephen Basdeo.

Stephen’s talk, The Rise of the Victorian Underworld, will look at how the concept of an underclass of professional criminals first developed in Victorian England, capturing the imaginations of journalists and authors.

Another talk in the series will be given by Andrea Hetherington of the Friends of Lawnswood Cemetery, whose talk entitled The Horrible Crime of Murder will look at some of the dark deeds that took place in the Hunslet area during the 19th Century. It takes place on April 19.

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