Latest post: The Oxford Vigilance Committee Report of November 1916 and fears over declining moral values in the city by Stephen Barker

In 1888, an Oxford Vigilance Committee was formed to monitor and support the enforcement of the recently passed Criminal Law Amendment Act of 1885. The Act made further provision for the Protection of Women and Girls, the suppression of brothels, and other related purposes. In November 1916, the committee was reformed in response to concerns about falling moral standards. Self-appointed 'women patrols?, working in pairs and wearing armbands, patrolled the streets to record and deter acts of immorality, though having no official status or powers of arrest. The committee commissioned a report which ran to four pages and was based partially on the patrols'... read more