Criminal Herstories

Criminal Herstories is a display of research and interpretation generated through the Criminal Quilts project alongside some textile pieces made by Ruth Singer.

Most of the research work will be presented in the form of a large book which will be on open display for visitors to read and explore. This book is inspired by the large bound photo albums of prisoner photographs which form the basis of this project. This book will include images of original photographs and details about the women shown, features on clothing and hats, details about trials, prison sentences, anonymised personal details such as height, marital status and age. Other highlights will be research about the locations of crime in relation to Staffordshire and trades and jobs the women had, related where possible to Staffordshire businesses. The Criminal Quilts project film will also be available alongside the display.

This display will be on show at

Stafford Library 1st-28th June 2018

Stone Library 29th June – 3rd August 2018.

Events, talks and community workshops will take place alongside the displays.


The display is a free-standing 100x50cm cabinet containing an exhibition book and textile artworks.

This display is available for loan to archives, libraries and community venues from 2019 onwards. It can also be displayed alongside the full Criminal Quilts exhibition.