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The Paths to Crime Project

The Paths to Crime Project

Paths to Crime was a two year project to catalogue and repackage the Bedfordshire Quarter Sessions Rolls from 1831-1900. This collection of court papers is a valuable resource for both the family and social historian|The cataloguing, carried out by two part-time cataloguers, was funded by a grant from the National Cataloguing Grant Programme for Archives. The repackaging was being carried out by volunteers and was made possible by generous donations from Bedfordshire Family History Society, present and former High Sheriffs of Bedfordshire, and the Rotary Club of Sandy.


It is hard to believe that it is two years since the Paths to Crime project began. We believe that the project has proved itself very worthwhile. We have sorted, numbered, cleaned, packaged and catalogued thousands of paper and parchment documents. This has made them available to the public for the first time and has opened up some wonderful stories of life in Bedfordshire. We have shared some of these stories with you via our document of the month and blog but many others remain for you to discover for yourself.

Our volunteers have learnt new skills and made friendships. One of our project cataloguers recently became a full time archivist with the Archives Service. We have run a successful programme of lunchtime talks and continue to give talks about the project. We end the project with two children's events| and the launch of our Paths to Crime trails| around Harrold, Odell |and Sharnbrook|.

Have we finished? Very nearly - the packaging is all done and only a little of the cataloguing is yet to be completed, partly due to one of our cataloguers leaving the project a little early. Fortunately we have been able to extend the contract of our other cataloguer to take account of this as we would hate to leave any loose ends after so much hard work by everyone involved.

Training sessions  

12 July 2013 - Manorial Documents 2| - To mark the end of the MDR project, Sarah Charlton will tell us what she found and what she didn't!


We particularly wish to thank all the volunteers who helped us with the Paths to Crime project. You made a fantastic contribution and we could not have done it without you. We very much hope that the present group of volunteers will remain with us and help us with other projects.

Documents of the month

2011-4 Little Paradise|

2011-5 One Wife Too Many|

2011-6 Cattle Plague|

2011-7 Bound for Australia|

2011-8 On the Beat|

2011-9 CSI Wymington|

2011-10 Taking a Test Drive|

2011-11 Remember Remember|

2011-12 Christmas Turkey|

2012-1 Off to Market|

2012-2 and 3 Workhouse Week|

2012-4 Gaol Fever|

2012-5 I is for Inventory|

2012-6 J is for Jubilee|

2012-7 A Life on the Ocean Wave|

2012-8 Poetic Licence|

2012-9 Fire!|

2012/10 Chim-Chim-Cheree!|

2012-11 Garden Paths to Crime|

2012-12 'Tis the season to steal holly!|

2013-1 Buyer Beware|

2013-2 Strike Up the Band|

2013-3 Man of Means|