At the Gallows: Public Capital & Corporal Punishments in England Print this page

Dates: 30/01/18 - 30/01/18
Days: Tuesday 14:30 - 16:30
Sessions: 1
Centre: Sutton - Sutton
Course Code: S21051B10NV
Fees: Standard - £11.00
Concessionary - £11.00

Course Information

What are the overall aims of the course?
In this session we will explore the history of corporal and capital punishment from the Anglo-Saxon period until the abolition of capital punishment in 1969. We will consider changes in the English judicial system, and the continued use of public corporal and capital punishments to regulate crime over time. What was the symbolic purpose of punishments like the scold’s bridle, the stocks and the gibbet? Using eye-witness accounts, we will examine why crowds flocked to public executions, how criminals behaved at the gallows, and why social attitudes towards capital and corporal punishment changed over time.

This session will include pictures, photographs, sources from the period, discussions, and a chance to ask any questions you may have about crime and punishment in England. ‘Gallows humour’ required.          


What will I learn on the course?
Please see above.


Are there any entry requirements?


Do I need to attend a course approval interview/assessment before I can join this course? No.


How will I be taught?

Classroom based

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What do I need to bring with me to class?
Pen, Paper and folder.


How do I find out if I can get some support for my learning?
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What can I do after the course has finished?
List progression opportunities – especially similar courses we offer at Sutton College


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