Hello, I’m Jill Evans, and here are a few details about me:
I was born in County Durham, and spent most of my childhood in Darlington. Having messed up my A-levels, I flitted about for a while, living in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Gateshead, Buckinghamshire, London and Newent in Gloucestershire. I worked at various theatres including at the Barbican for the Royal Shakespeare Company (nothing glamorous – office and front-of-house stuff). I also worked at a museum in Newent, and later for a brief spell at Gloucestershire Archives in Gloucester. In 1988, I became a (supposedly) mature student of history at the University of Kent in Canterbury. I came back to Newent in 1992, where I have lived ever since.
I became interested in crime history when I took a course on the subject as part of a Master of Arts degree in History, which I did with the Open University. I wrote my dissertation on `Female Offenders in Gloucestershire, 1750-1850.’
In 2002, I started up my own small business as a professional family history researcher, doing research at Gloucestershire Archives for people who could not do the work themselves. I continued to research crime in Gloucestershire in my spare time.
In 2010, I was given the opportunity to write a book for The History Press, called Hanged at Gloucester, which was about all the people hanged at Gloucester’s county and city prisons between 1792 and 1939. It was published in 2011. Two more books have followed, The Gloucester Book of Days, published in January 2013, and my latest work, Gloucester Murder and Crime, which came out in September 2013.
For more details on my publications, look at my BOOKS page.
I am currently researching the history of Gloucester Prison, with a view to getting a book written and published in the future.