Victorian England's Female Offenders


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WaywardWomen was set up to present the research and all round ramblings of the PhD project I completed at the University of Liverpool, between 2010 – 2014, which examined the lives of Victorian England’s female offenders. Posts began as a mix of the case-studies and comparisons that constitute my research, as well as some great stories of the who, what and why of Victorian crime.

My first book with Pen and Sword, Wayward Women, full of all-new material and case studies, is now available on the publishers site here or via Amazon. My second book Criminal Women 1850-1920, full of case-studies, histories, and a ‘how-to’ research guide is also now available here.

 Front cover      Screen Shot 2018-07-02 at 12.33.55

My third book, Convicts in the Colonies, based on research from the Digital Panopticon project, was published in 2018 and is available via Amazon or here.

Convicts in the Colonies cover

As a researcher I am interested in the social history of the 19th and 20th centuries, family history and genealogy, life-narrative research, and a range of modern sociological and criminological issues. Between 2014 and 2018 I worked as a post-doctoral research associate on the Digital Panopticon  and uncovering even more fascinating stories of English female offenders both at home and abroad. I currently work on the ESRC Victims project charting the history of victims of crime over the last 300 years.

To find out more about me, or the kind of thing I do, feel free to get in touch:

Twitter: @Lucy_E_Williams or @19thC_Offenders

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7 thoughts on “About

  1. Rachel Hodgkins on said:

    Very interesting dr to be Williams xx

  2. Just found this blog and it’s fascinating stuff! Hope to read more about your research in the near future.

    • Hi Evan,

      Glad you enjoyed it, thanks for reading! I think we may have met very briefly at the ‘Criminal Justice and Modern Activism’ Conference back in June?

      I’ve got my sights set on Australia once I’m finished here at Liverpool, So hopefully the’ll be some interesting Wayward Women over there for me to look into.


  3. Yes, that would’ve been me!

    There’s plenty of stuff out here that would be of interest to you. Do let me know when you come to Oz. (I will actually be back in the UK in February)

  4. Fascinating blog – great reading this in conjunction with other blogs like Streets of Liverpool. One question: I am fascinated by the architecture of “Little Hell” or areas like this – just the sheer amount of people compressed into a single area. Are there any architectural remains at all of any of these tenements/courts anywhere in Liverpool, or London for that matter? And was “Little Hell” worse than the areas immediately bordering the docks, which surely gave brothel owners more immediate access to visiting seamen? Did they have similarly colourful names?!

  5. Hi Lucy,

    You have an interesting blog. I’m reading this online book at the moment. You find find it interesting too – http://archive.org/stream/womanwarwar00warw#page/n9/mode/2up

    I just like the writing style.

  6. John Buxton on said:

    I came across your blogg while looking for information on Lucy Buxton who was convicted of killing her 5 month old son in 1868. Very interesting blog.

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