The People, the Places, the Life Behind Doors: the world of the workhouse (England and Wales)

Kirsty Gray
Jun 8, 2018
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Poor Law Act 1834
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Why Did People Enter?
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Admission Books
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Workhouse Uniform
5m 24s
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Classification and Segregation
3m 41s
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Workhouse Size
4m 35s
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Potential Sources
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Online Sources
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About this webinar

The workhouse, detested and feared, evoked shame in those individuals who were forced to enter its walls. The workhouse is deeply embedded in folk memory; children were often warned by their parents that if they misbehaved they would be put into the workhouse. Kirsty Gray peers behind the closed doors of the workhouse, exploring the various records available for unearthing ancestors in theworkhouse, and explains what life was like for its poor inmates. 

About the speaker

About the speaker

Kirsty is a professional genealogist and ‘people finder’ who runs her own research company Family Wise Limited. As a freelance author, she has published articles in family, local and social history magazines and handbooks across the globe. She has
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