The very poor of Victorian society, the destitute and those who were unable to help themselves all too often found themselves in the workhouse. But was it as bad as has often been made out? Come along and find out – you may be surprised by what you discover.
We will discuss the experiences of pauper inmates between the early eighteenth century when the first workhouses were established until they were formally abolished in 1930, and look at surviving archival resources. We will also consider the long-suffering staff employed by workhouses and how you can trace their careers.
About the speaker: Simon Fowler is an experienced family history teacher, writer and researcher. He worked for The National Archives on and off for over thirty years. Today he is a professional researcher mainly on family history, particularly military history and the poor.
Simon has written regularly for genealogy magazines and has authored over two dozen books. He teaches at Dundee University, Pharos Tutors and regularly lectures for the Society of Genealogists.