Prisoners In The Past Bury Gaol Work

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Prisoners In The Past Bury Gaol Work

  1. 1. Prisoners in the Past You are going to do some real historical research. You will use data from Bury Gaol in Suffolk, from the mid-1800s.
  2. 2. Step 1: What is your hypothesis? <ul><li>Example: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Most prisoners in the mid-1800s were given short sentences.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Most prisoners were young men.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Violent crime was very common in this time.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Convicted prisoners came mainly from poor backgrounds.” </li></ul>
  3. 3. Step 2: Using the Data StudentCommon$/Humanities/History/GCSE/Crime and Punishment/Bury Gaol <ul><li>Use MS Excel to create a spreadsheet. </li></ul><ul><li>Decide upon a sample – e.g. 30 prisoner records, chosen at random. How will you ensure randomness? </li></ul><ul><li>Decide on the columns of the spreadsheet – name, age, gender, occupation, crime, sentence etc </li></ul><ul><li>Compile the data </li></ul><ul><li>Present it in graph form. </li></ul><ul><li>Does it support or contradict your hypothesis? </li></ul><ul><li>Simple! You are now an Historian! </li></ul>

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