On display in the South Cloisters of University College London.
Photograph by courtesy of the Galton Collection, UCL.
The kit, designed by Galton himself and made by T. Hawksley of Oxford
Street, contains ink, a blotter, a roller, a glass slide, turpentine and record
books. The records show that in the course of his experiments (not for criminal
investigations!), Galton took the fingerprints of Gladstone, Herbert Spencer and
others. Fingerprinting was introduced into the police force at the very end of the
period, in 1901. The first conviction based on the new system was made in the
following year. — Jacqueline Banerjee
Information plaque on the display case at University College