Crime and Punishment in 19th Century York
Analysing Three Skeletons from the Women’s Prison
Three skeletons from the 19th century were discovered at the site of the women’s prison at York Castle. Evidence seems to indicate that these individuals had been autopsied, but why and how? To answer these questions we have undertaken a new pathological study of the skeletons to determine if they can provide us with the basis of a scientific examination of autopsies, medical techniques and medicine in the early Victorian period. This project also produced a historical exploration of crime and punishment in York in the 19th century.