The origins of the Museum: Criminocorpus
Following an initiative of the scientific community, the Museum of the History of Justice, Crime, and Punishment was born of a long-standing cooperation between researchers, archivists, record keepers, and collectors. It is based on the research program Criminocorpus’s intense publication and research activity conducted over the last ten years.
Addressing topics ranging from penal colonies to gangsters, counterfeiters in the Middle Ages to rebels faced with justice, the civil code to the juvenile justice ruling of February 2nd 1945, criminology to the death penalty, Criminocorpus has become a key reference platform for online research. It notably provides articles and documentary resources for students, teachers, researchers, journalists, and other professionals.
A freely accessible Museum
By reformatting its resources in the form of a museum, Criminocorpus intends to pursue its mission of publishing and research while addressing a larger public in order to contribute to knowledge surrounding the little-known history of justice, crime, and punishment. The museum is ran by the CLAMOR (Center for Digital Humanities and History of Justice), a result of a partnership between the CNRS and the Minister of Justice.
Freely accessible and completely free of charge, the Museum provides an unprecedented range of digital resources for the study of justice and its history.
The site is organized into five sections which offer themed exhibits (prisons, penal colonies, death penalty, justice), virtual tours of justice-related sites (buildings, prisons), collections of objects and documents, chronological judicial references and study/research guides. In several months, the Museum will also include a collaborative inventory of artifacts from justice-related sites – allowing the public to contribute information, photographs or documents.