Welcome to the Crime & Punishment Collections Network

The Crime and Punishment Collections Network (CaP) is a free Arts Council England Subject Specialist Network. Through dissemination of information, our online collections directory and training sessions, CaP aims to promote and support historic collections relating, for example, to prisons, police, probation service, pathology or courts. The network is of relevance to anyone working with crime and punishment collections – whether for universities, archives, libraries, heritage centres, museums or historic sites. CaP covers the UK, Ireland and beyond.

To participate in the network and receive regular email alerts about relevant funding, training, publications and conferences; to add your event to the event calendar below; or to include your organisation in our online directory, simply click on the relevant fingerprint, complete the form and we’ll be in contact!

Collection of the Month: August 2022

For August CaP has chosen Dartmoor Prison Museum. As one of the world’s most famous jails, this museum provides a fascinating insight into prison life.  Find out more

If you would like your collection or site to be featured in our Collection of the Month please contact us!

Browse our events calendar below for details of seminars, publications, funding or training:

Please note: The calendar below includes events collected by CaP from a variety of sources and most are not organised by CaP. Unless CaP has organised an event we cannot be responsible for information published and any enquiries should be addressed to the contact details provided.

The image is a detail of a photograph of the main hall at Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin; photographer: Colin; it is in the public domain under a Creative Commons attribution share alike 4.0 international license.

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