The lives of London's criminals

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The lives of London's criminals

The characters of London's underworld during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries - and how the law dealt with them - is the focus of a new exhibition at the London Metropolitan Archives.

It explores how in just one hundred years the UK went from hanging, whipping and transporting convicts to Australia - to imprisoning them in Victorian jails -many of which are still in use today.

Criminal Lives, 1780-1925: Punishing Old Bailey Convicts is free to view at the London Metropolitan Archives. It opens on 11th December and continues until 16th May 2018. 

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