One of the best parts of my job is stumbling across unexpected items buried within our collections. Recently, a colleague told me about drawings of an early 19th century crime scene; I couldn’t resist taking a look for myself.
In 1837 a stonemason called James Gibbs was convicted of sheep rustling and sentenced to transportation for life. James protested his innocence and his friends sent letters of support to the Home Office.
Accompanied by the letters were four colour drawings of the local area and the scene of the crime. Altogether they tell us much about the inhabitants of the town and are a visual representation of the fact that James could not have been responsible for the crime. Continue reading »