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1868: A Civilizing Moment?

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Literary and Philosophical Society of Newcastle

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A Civilizing Moment? Reflecting on 150 years since the abolition of public execution.

A One Day Conference

WEDNESDAY 6th June 2018
Literary & Philosophical Society, Newcastle.

On the 29th May 1868, the Capital Punishment Amendment Act received Royal Assent, bringing an end to centuries of execution in public. Of the Act itself V.A.C. Gatrell posited that, “we cannot deny that 1868 was a civilizing moment in British History”. However, he went on to state that “none of this, however, means that 1868 marks a humane moment in British history.” Indeed, execution continued unabated for another century and restricted from view to all but a few select representatives of authority. 150 years on from the Act’s introduction, this one-day conference will seek to reflect on this landmark legislation’s origins, intentions, reception and reality.

This conference is generously supported by;

The Royal Historical Society, Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies (Durham University), Northumbria University & Sunderland University.

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