Using Digital Records to Reconstruct the Lives of Transported Convicts

Developed with, and for, school pupils this series of exercises examines historical criminal justice sources and uses new digital tools to build pupils understanding of historical crime and punishment, but also enhance awareness of the innovative methodologies used within criminological/crime history research. [1]


This exercise comes in three parts (click on the headings to access the resources);


Session 1

This workshop outlines the primary sources used in Session Two (below), in doing so it uses a convict case study in order to demonstrate those sources. This is a reading exercise which can be done by pupils by themselves or as part of a classroom activity and will take approximately 30 minutes.

This resource consists of two short videos embedded above and below. [2]

Session 2

This session uses The Digital Panopticon to trace convict lives; complete with twenty-four questions for pupils to answer as they explore the online archive. This session needs to take place in a computer suite and should take approximately 1 hour (depending on ability).

Session 2 Answers

This document provides the answers to workshop Session Two (above).




[1] Public Engagement (PE) Awards Scheme (2016-2017) the University of Liverpool. Awarded to E D Watkins and Prof B Godfrey.

[2] Videos created by E D Watkins in conjunction with 6media

[3] This resource was edited by members of the Digital Panopticon team.