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Lives in Crime: Exploring Everyday Life in Georgian Wales through the Court

17 September, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

A free public lecture by Dr Angela Muir (University of Leicester). Organised by the Leicester Georgian Interest Group. EVENT POSTPONED


A fascinating talk from a leading local academic, this talk on Georgian history will take place in the Georgian era build Great Meeting House in the centre of Leicester.

What can an alleged arson tell us about eighteenth-century courtship customs? What can a bludgeoning death involving a chamber pot tell us about poverty? What can the murder of a sex worker tell us about neighbourliness and charity? What can these cases tell us about ‘everyday’ life in Georgian Britain? This paper explores the social and cultural history of Wales in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries by examining richly detailed depositions, examinations and confessions from the Court of Great Sessions, Wales highest criminal court prior to the 1830s. These records provide a fascinating glimpse into aspects of the past that are often difficult to access, including the lives of ‘ordinary’ men and women, their cultural practices, economic circumstances, and their influence on their communities and society.


Great Meeting House
East Bond Street
Leicester, Leicestershire LE1 4SX United Kingdom


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