Trials: Evidence of the past

In the final episode of this series on our most intriguing and significant trial records, we’re taking a closer look at the evidence.

First, we examine pieces of courtroom evidence like a red suit seized from a LGBTQ+ space in the 1930s and the calling card that led to Oscar Wilde’s downfall. Then, we explore how our trial records preserve evidence of everyday life in the past that would otherwise be lost to history.

Download the full episode transcript here.

Documents from The National Archives used in this episode: C 113/281; CRIM 1/41/6; CRIM 1/638-640; EXT 11/131; J 90/1266.

If you’re interested in finding out more about our trial records take a look at our criminals, courts and prisons research guides. For help navigating our catalogue, you can watch our top level tips on using Discovery.

We also have blogs about both the seized red suit and the calling card which led to Oscar Wilde’s downfall that Vicky discusses in this episode.

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