CRIME: The Big Question

Has crime really changed over time?

You may want to print out these instructions so you can refer to them as you work.

In this Strand you will find evidence of the changing story of crime in England over 800 years. This story is split into four Galleries:

In each Gallery you will find several Case-Studies, with sources giving you real evidence of real crimes and real criminals from the past. Your CHALLENGE is to decide whether crime has really changed, or not, in all this time. To save you going through all the documents in the strand we have chosen a small collection for you to work with.

Using the documents selected for you, your task is to choose some of these to present a much smaller Travelling Exhibition for the Public Record Office called "Change and Continuity in English Crime". It has just four panels:

Panel 1 CHANGE
Place on this panel no more than six documents showing just how much crime has changed over 600 years. (Look for examples of actions which are crimes now, but were not in the past, or actions which were seen as crimes but are not any more, or of crimes created by modern technology.)

Panel 2 CONTINUITY
Place on this panel no more than six documents showing how little crime has changed. (Look for actions which were crimes in the past and are still crimes today, or 21st century versions of similar crimes from the past).

Panel 3 FACTORS AFFECTING CRIME: GOVERNMENT
Place on this panel up to six documents showing how governments through the ages have changed their views on what is and is not a crime.

Panel 4 OTHER FACTORS AFFECTING CRIME
Place on this panel up to six documents showing what other factors have affected crime. (Look for examples of changing attitudes towards crime, religion, changes in wealth and poverty, changing attitudes towards young people).

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