Luke Mouland presents a talk on:
The Parish: Life in the Victorian Workhouse

“Kill me sooner than take me there,” implores Betty Higden in Dickens’ novel, Our Mutual Friend (1865); even today, the Victorian workhouse still inspires powerful images of fear and hardship in the contemporary consciousness. But what evidence do we have that conditions in “the Union” were really so dire? This talk draws on stories from a number of Dorset’s workhouses to explore the theme and takes a look at some of the records available to help you research your own pauper ancestors.

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