Crime & punishment in Victorian Britain

Lesson rationale

Using primary source material, this activity aims to give students a real insight into the attitudes that formed and came out of one of what is often referred to as one of the “bloodiest” periods of Britain’s judicial history. This lesson can serve as part of an introduction to punishment in the period 1700-1900.

Key questions in this lesson:

  • Why was public execution outlawed in 1868?