Episode 27 – Workhouses: Part 2

This is the long-awaited (well, a month!) follow-up to my episode about workhouses and the role they play in your family history quest.

Join me for the second part of my discussion with Peter Higginbotham – the man behind www.workhouses.org.uk – the definitive guide to workhouses… from their very inception, through the 1800s, and into the 20th century.

Hear how they can be researched, what records are available and how you can uncover details about your ancestors’ times in these fascinating institutions.

I also look at how researching the workhouse opened up a whole host of opportunities for a listener, and the value in looking into local social research groups. (www.sheffieldindexers.com is one such site that gets an honourable mention!).

I also reveal the topic of my next episode, which is one of the most requested by listeners. I’ll give you a clue… it is something major that happened between the 1911 and 1921 censuses!

Please keep your messages coming. It’s great to hear from you.

Recommended drinks to accompany this episode: Broth – the recipe is on http://www.workhouses.org.uk/life/food.shtml

Recommended biscuits to accompany this episode: Porridge cookies. They are apparently ‘a thing’, and once again a nod to delicious gruel.

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