Criminal record sheet

Made:
1901 in West Yorkshire
photographer:
Unknown
Album of Prison Record Photography
      Albert Jackson

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Album of Prison Record Photography Albert Jackson
Science Museum Group Collection
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A page from a criminal record ledger compiled by the West Yorkshire police in 1901. The ledger contains portraits, personal details and criminal records of convicted criminals. This page is about Albert Jackson, alias Albert Howarth, who had a string of convictions for stealing scrap metal.

A page from a criminal record ledger compiled by the West Yorkshire police in 1901.

The ledger contains portraits, personal details and criminal records of convicted criminals. This page is about Albert Jackson, alias Albert Howarth, who had a string of convictions for stealing scrap metal.

The use of photography to record known criminals - the 'mug shot'- had been suggested as early as the 1840s. In 1871, the Prevention of Crime Act made it a legal requirement that all persons arrested for a crime must have their photographs taken.

Details

Category:
Photographs
Object Number:
1991-5083/54
type:
photograph
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
credit:
The National Media Museum, Bradford