childrenshomes.org.uk Info on 1000s of former homes

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Published July 2017 — the Children's Homes book surveys the wide range of institutions that, over the centuries, were used as a substitute for children's 'natural' homes. Thes included homes run by particular bodies (charities, religious groups, workhouse authorities, occupational groups, local councils, single individuals etc.) or which served particular purposes (penal confinement, moral protection, special training etc). From Tudor times to the present day, this fascinating volume answers questions such as: Who founded and ran all these institutions? Who paid for them? Where have they all gone? What was life like for their inmates? And where can their records be found? Illustrated throughout, Children's Homes provides an essential account of the previously neglected history of these British institutions. More details...

Just Out! Pauper Policies: Poor Law Practice in England, 1780-1850 by Samantha Shave. Essential reading for anyone interested in welfare, poverty and society in 18/19th century England, and those who want to understand the early workings of the welfare system. More....

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Voices From The Workhouse is a wide-ranging collection of first-hand accounts of the workhouse by those who knew it. Includes autobiography, letters, poetry, graffiti, inspection reports etc. — by inmates, staff, officials,and under-cover explorers. More....

For information on 1000s of children's homes, orphanages, reformatories, industrial schools, training ships etc. visit www.childrenshomes.org.uk


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