National Media Museum

Organisation: Museum

Collections held: Courts, Police, Prisons

Dates: 1800-1849, 1850-1899, 1900-1949, 1950-present

Crime and Punishment Collection includes:
Criminal posing chair c.1880. Object number 1990-5036/8600.
Mug-shots from Wormwood Scrubs Prison c. 1890. Object number 1987-5218/1 These show how mug-shots would use an angled mirror to essentially take two angles at once, and it nicely shows that hands would be in the shot to show any identifying marks.
Gandolfi brand camera, c. 1930, commissioned by the Home Office for use in HM prisons. Object number 1983-833
A silver gelatin photograph entitled Dessau͛ by Henry Cariter-Bresson, 1945, part of his documentary about French prisoners of war and refugees. Object number 1983-5226. Copyright may be an issue for this.
A silver gelatin print of Strangeways Prison by Nick Hedges. Object number 1983-5235/751. Copyright may be an issue for this.
A silver gelatin by a photographer working for The Daily Herald entitled ͚Captured German prisoner with beard and a cap͛, 1944.Object number 1983-5236/12918. Copyright may be an issue for this.
There are various files in the Daily Herald Archive t (F196/D4; F197/D1).
Several albumin prints by Captain Lewis of Pentonville prisoners engaged in various forms of manual labour, c. 1871. (E.g. carpet weaving, shoe making). Object numbers 1987-5180/81/82/83.
Kodak Duo 620 camera that was used by Mark Quinn to take pictures of his prison camp in Thailand in the late 1930s. Object number 1990-5036/4186.
A photograph by John Burke entitled 'Halt of Prisoners from Bassaule', showing soldiers of the 45 Rattray͛s Sikh Regiment guarding Afghan prisoners, c. 1878. Object number 1990-5036/6040/15.
6 report sheets on convicted prisoners from the North of England with photographs, c. 1873-1874. Object number 1991-5046
A wanted poster – object number 1991-5034.
A book of police photographs with personal and criminal records of prisoners, 1900-1910. Object number 1991-5083. This is quite an extensive document.
One black and white print by Chris Steel-Perkins entitled 'Prisoners in punishment cell, USSR.͛ Object number 1992-5051. Copyright may be an issue.
A photograph in an album of confederate prisoners of war, taken in 1882. Object number 1995-5001/1/12

Bradford BD1 1NQ, United Kingdom


Any publications or other relevant material about the collection / history of the organisation?

Who can access the collection?

External (public), Online access (catalogue only)

How big is the collection?

Photographs: Unknown
Objects: Unknown
Books/journals/magazines: Unknown