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The Beginnings of 'Detective Fever'

History; Criminology
4.8 out of 5 Average rating

Being able to pick and choose activities and either attend at the specified time or watch a recording later suits me perfectly.

Susan
, reviewed on 10 Oct 2022

Entertaining and instructive presentations by knowledgeable speakers.

Margaret
, reviewed on 18 Nov 2022
  • DURATION 60 mins
  • CAN I WATCH LATER? Yes! Sign-up and we'll email you a recording
  • HOW TO ATTEND Attendance is live via Zoom
4.8 out of 5 Average rating

Being able to pick and choose activities and either attend at the specified time or watch a recording later suits me perfectly.

Susan
, reviewed on 10 Oct 2022

Entertaining and instructive presentations by knowledgeable speakers.

Margaret
, reviewed on 18 Nov 2022

Event Description

The establishment of the Metropolitan Police by Sir Robert Peel in 1829 proved to be a success, and in 1842 a new plain-clothes investigate force known as the Detective Branch was created.  One of the new Branch's first high-profile successes was a famous murder case of 1849, where the culprits were tracked down and caught by two of the new detective sergeants.   In spite of some initial public hostility and suspicions about this new body of men, the work of detectives quickly began to catch the imagination not only of the British public, but also of Victorian writers such as Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins.   We take a look back to the criminal world of the 1840's and discover what prompted the formation of the detective branch of the Metropolitan Police, two very high-profile cases in 1849 and 1860 and two detectives whose names became familiar in connection with this new force.

  • Duration: 60 mins
  • Online Zoom event: Join from your computer, phone or tablet (a recording will be available)
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Meet the Host, Margaret

Margaret has taught as a qualified lecturer in further, higher and adult education for over 33 years, and currently teaches English Literature and History in adult education. For many years, she has given talks to various different clubs, societies and other organisations, including Rotary and Probus Clubs, U3A’s, WI’s, Townswomen’s Guilds and Archaeological & Historical Societies. She writes a book review each month and contributes short local history topics for a community radio station, alongside writing published articles for the Brontë Society, the Jane Austen Society, Community Archives and the British Association for Local History. Her aim is that her talks are informative and interesting, with a touch of humour!

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