"The Phenomena of Crime and All the Training Required":

Sixty Years at the Centre for Criminology

Welcome to the digital exhibition celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies! 

Six decades ago, the journey of the Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies began with Professor John LI. J Edwards as its founding director. The Centre would move between three different locations before finding its current home at the Canadiana Gallery. As we celebrate this remarkable milestone, we invite you to delve into the past through our captivating digital exhibition – a living testament to the rich history of the Centre. 


The Canadiana Gallery - the current home of the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies

Take a historical tour of the rich history deriving from the Centre’s archival materials, a collection that is currently housed and accessible to interested students and faculty at the Centre for Criminology’s Library. Our exhibition tells the story of the evolution of the Centre, capturing the essence of its early records from the late 1950s and chronicling its achievements through the dynamic decades until the 2000s. 

Join us in commemorating the profound influence and contributions that the Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies has made over the past 60 years. Explore and engage with the remarkable history displayed on the menu found on your right, filled with stories that have shaped the criminological landscape in the Canadian context.

Here's to celebrating the past, embracing the present, and envisioning an even brighter future for the Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies. 


This exhibition was curated by Elizabeth Abraham, Jonathan Ku, Ava Mangold and Danielle Van Wagner with the assistance of the Pedagogical Innovation and Experimentation (PIE) fund. 

The exhibition was arranged and designed by Elizabeth Abraham.