Jessamy Carlson

Postgraduate Research Student
Department of Sociology
 Jessamy Carlson



Currently in her long second year, Jessamy is undertaking archival research into the Approved Schools for girls at present at various archives in England. She is a qualified archivist and lives and works in London.


  • MSc Econ Archive Administration University of Wales (Aberystwyth) (2007)

  • BA (Hons) Medieval Studies University of Birmingham (2005)

  • Registered Member Archives & Records Association (2010)

Research and professional activities


"That sort of girl..." Approved Schools for Girls in England & Wales, 1933-1973

Approved Schools operated in England and Wales, and separately in Scotland, between 1933 and 1973. They served as a last port of call for children and young people appearing before the Juvenile Court, and took children who had been convicted of crimes that were they adults, they would be imprisoned for, and/or who were subject to care or protection orders (care or control orders after 1964). These schools had a population of between 10-15,000 children at any given point in this period, and their

Supervisor: Prof. Pamela Cox



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