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Crime and Punishment

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Glasgow Museums has a collection of approximately 500 objects related to crime and punishment in Glasgow which date from the 16th century to 1996.

This collection includes keys, objects made by prisoners, clothing and uniforms, textiles, models, badges, booklets, branks and batons/truncheons. It also contains letters, postcards, leaflets, reports, seals, clappers, snitchers and rattles, in addition to medals, buttons, lantern, locks, programmes, posters, tipstaff and handcuffs. Other items include a shield, whistle, rag doll, police saddle, prison bell, prison door, citation, certificate, magazine, gold watch and an alco meter. The collection also has paintings, drawings, etchings, prints, photographs and sculpture. All of the objects in the collection relate to either the control of crime or the means of punishing and rehabilitating offenders. This includes items relating to the development of police forces within Glasgow and surrounding burghs, such as Maryhill, Govan and Partick in the 19th century, as well as the development of Duke Street and Barlinnie Prisons. Objects made by prisoners includes those made by French prisoners of war in early 19th century, items created in Barlinnie Prison's Special Unit and illicitly made tins.

There collection also holds material related to political prisoners such as the medals awarded to Glasgow suffragettes imprisoned in Holloway Prison, London and the brush carved by Andrew Hardie while imprisoned after the radical uprising of 1820.