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'God Help The Poor Man'

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Wednesday 04 December 2019
14:00-15:00
Free. All details: http://bit.ly/poormantalk

The history of the 19th century poor law with its attendant workhouse still speaks to us of a system and institution feared by our ancestors. Prior to the Welfare State of the 20th century, what kind of welfare was offered to the 19th century English and Welsh poor, how did the poor manage to "get by" in times of extreme poverty, what were their experiences as recipients of welfare – and what did they say about it? Showing how records can be located and used to answer such questions, this talk will rely on detailed case studies to come to grips with a history of the poor law from below. This talk by Dr Paul Carter will use some of the newly discovered ‘pauper archive’ of letters and petitions written by the poor, which has come to the fore as part of the 'In Their Own Write' project (The National Archives and the University of Leicester).

The history of the 19th century poor law with its attendant workhouse still speaks to us of a system and institution feared by our ancestors. Prior to the Welfare State of the 20th century, what kind of welfare was offered to the 19th century English and Welsh poor, how did the poor manage to "get by" in times of extreme poverty, what were their experiences as recipients of welfare – and what did they say about it? Showing how records can be located and used to answer such questions, this talk will rely on detailed case studies to come to grips with a history of the poor law from below. This talk by Dr Paul Carter will use some of the newly discovered ‘pauper archive’ of letters and petitions written by the poor, which has come to the fore as part of the 'In Their Own Write' project (The National Archives and the University of Leicester).

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The National Archives Bessant Drive Richmond, TW9 4DU