Dan Johnson

Thesis

Thesis

Representations of Poverty and Punishment in British Prison Museums

Supervisor: Dr Geoff Cubitt

Research

Research

My research focusses on how prison museums in the UK create narratives to interpret their difficult heritage, and the ethics of those narratives. I am also interested in nineteenth-century prisons and punishment, nineteenth and twentieth-century architectural history, and museum interpretation methodologies.

Papers and publications

Conference papers

  • ‘More than a Murderess: Comparing Representations of Female Convicts inn Prison Museums to their Historical Records’, British Crime Historians Symposium 2018, Edge Hill University (August 2018)
  • ‘Gender, Sex, and Remembering Female Prisoners in British Prison Museums’, International Federation for Public History Annual Conference, University of Sao Paulo-Leste, Sao Paulo, Brazil, (August 2018)
  • ‘The Role of the Public Historian in Dark Tourism: Providing Context and Nuance to British Prison Museums’, Why Public History? The First Annual Conference of the Centre for Public History, Queen’s University Belfast (December 2017)
  • ‘Finding Public History in Dark Tourism Sites: Balancing Entertainment and Education in British Prison Museums’, Tenth International Conference on the Inclusive Museum, Museum of Manchester (September 2017)
  • ‘Public Representations of Northern Poverty: Interpreting Prisoners in British Prison Museums’, Lives, Trials and Executions: Perspectives on Crime c.1700-c.1900, Liverpool John Moores University (May 2017)
  • ‘Class, Crime, and Intangible Heritage: Interpreting Poverty in Two British Prison Museums’, Social History Society Annual Conference, UCL Institute of Education, London (April 2017)
  • ‘Life in Gaol: Public Understandings of Victorian Penal History in British Prison Museums (A Research Overview)’, University of York IPUP Postgraduate Forum, York (November 2016)
  • ‘Public Engagement and the Making of the Twenty-First Century Museum’, Royal Historical Society & Institute for Historical Research, Public History Workshop, IHR London (October 2015)
  • ‘Total Immersion: The Future Museum Experience’, Taking the Past into the Future Unconference, University of St. Andrews (August 2015)

Publications

  • ‘Incarcerating the Poor: Interpreting Poverty and Punishment in British Prison Museums’, Law Crime and History, Vol. 8:1, 91-107.

Invited Speaking

  • ‘The Walls That Speak: Space as Narrative in British Prison Museums’ Ripon Police History Project Public Event, Bar Convent Living Heritage Centre (20 April 2018)
  • ‘Courtroom and Prison Museums: Emotions, Social Issues and Ethics’ International Centre for Research in Events, Tourism and Hospitality (ICRETH), Leeds Beckett University (29 November 2017)

External activities

External activities

I have volunteered and worked at a number of museums and heritage organisations around Yorkshire and Lancashire, including the York Castle Museum and the National Railway Museum. I have also completed a six-month internship with museum design company, Haley Sharpe Design, working with the interpretation team to redesign three exhibitions for the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.