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Talk, Wed 4 Dec 2019


Ruskin Avenue,
Richmond, Surrey,

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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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Dates Times
Wed 4 Dec 2019 14:00 to 15:00


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Map reference: TQ 152728  Lat: 51.44326 Long: -0.34244

Car : The National Archives is half a mile south of Kew Bridge, on the South Circular Road, A 205. Junction 2 of the M4 motorway is about one and a half miles away. There are 116 spaces in our car park which are free (on a first-come, first-served basis) to researchers using The National Archives. The car park is open from 08:30 to 19:00.
Train : The nearest station to the Kew office is Kew Gardens (Underground - District line and Railway - Silverlink Metro / North London line). Kew Gardens is in both zone 3 and 4, and the journey from central London to Kew takes about 40 minutes. It is a short walk from the station via Ruskin Avenue to The National Archives.
Other convenient railway stations for The National Archives at Kew are Richmond (Travel one stop from there to Kew Gardens) and Kew Bridge (a 15-20 minute walk to us).
Bus: The R68 bus route ends by the entrance to The National Archives, and the 65 and 391 bus routes run along Kew Road.
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Parking: free


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