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Illustrated Talks by Peter Higginbotham

I offer a number of fully illustrated talks about the workhouse and associated topics — generally around 50-60 minutes in length. I provide my own laptop and data projector. The cost (including travel from my home at Ilkley, West Yorkshire) is somewhat negotiable depending on the distance, size of group etc. If you'd be interested in me talking to your group or society, please email me with details of what you have in mind. (Please note that I normally only give talks during school term-times and am no longer taking bookings for Monday evenings. Long-distance travel to speak to small groups usually proves impracticable or financially unviable.)

For more background information about me, please see the Author page.

My list of illustrated talks currently includes the following topics (all tailored to your location where possible):

  1. Gruelling Experiences - three centuries of the workhouse - the remarkable story of the workhouse from 1601-1948
  2. Doing Porridge - the fascinating history of the English prison
  3. No Place Like Home - the many and varied institutions that housed Britain's children New!
  4. Workhouse Waifs - how children were dealt with in the workhouse system
  5. Please Sir, I Want Some More! - the surprisingly flavoursome story of workhouse food (optionally, with samples of the actual food).
  6. Straight and Narrow - reformatories, industrial schools and other institutions for wayward children New!
  7. Down and Out in Victorian & Edwardian Britain - spikes, sit-ups and doss-houses
  8. The Workhouses of London
  9. The Workhouse in Ireland
  10. The Poorhouses of Scotland

Some feedback on my talks:

"...a superb presentation"

"...thoroughly absorbing"

"...a vivid insight"

"...our highest ever attendance"

Workhouse Talks Diary
Talks are often open to non-members of the hosting organisation - contact them for advice.
2018
Tuesday January 16th, 7.30pm. Workhouse Food, Fewston Foxy Ladies, Fewston Parochial Hall, HG3 1SU.
Tuesday February 6th, 7.30pm. No Place Like Home, Huddersfield & District FHS, Huddersfield Town Hall HD1 2TA.
Thursday March 8th, 7.45pm. No Place Like Home, Rawdon WI, Community Centre, Billing View, Rawdon LS19 6PR.
Tuesday, April 17th, 10am. Workhouse Food - Probus Group, Salem Church Hall, Main Street, Burley-in-Wharfedale.
Tuesday, May 8th, 2pm. East Keswick WI, Village Hall, School Lane, East Keswick LS17 9DA.
Wednesday, May 23rd, 2pm. No Place Like Home, Upper Dales Family History Group, Fremington Sunday School, North Yorkshire DL11 6 AW
Wednesday June 20th, 7.30pm Straight and Narrow, Ryedale FHS, Village Hall, Hovingham, North Yorkshire YO62 4LE.
Wednesday June 27th, 10.00am Doing Porridge, Calverly Men's Forum, Methodist Church Hall, Chapel Street, Calverley LS28 5PS

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