Hidden in plain sight: an Irish informer in 19th century London

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


This talk is the story of an Irish émigré with a dark secret, in London, 1888. Against a backdrop of resistance/sedition, assassins, secret societies, informers and spies, we will hear voices hidden for a century in a tale of family betrayal and comrades turned one against another, and the beginnings of modern internal state security and witness protection. Recent landmark decisions of the Information Commissioner (2011-2015) have sealed records of these events effectively indefinitely, despite their now being 130 years old – to protect today’s information-gathering methods, and present-day descendants of 1880s informants – leading us to ask where the limits of access to historical source material should lie.
Period1 Sept 2018
Event titleSecret Lives: Hidden voices of our ancestors
Event typeConference
LocationHinckley, Leics, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History