In Their Own Write: Victorian Pauper Letters

19 May 2018

Sat 19 May 2-3pm

An archive photo of the Workhouse Museum featuring a horse and cart

Join expert Dr Paul Carter, from the National Archives, London to discover the stories of paupers as uncovered through their own words. “Sir a poor man is Tossed about worse than any dog God help the poor man…” Dr Carter is currently working on a research project investigating the thousands of Victorian pauper letters that survive at The National Archives and his talk here will look at their content and significance.

Dr Paul Carter (Co-Investigator) is employed at The National Archives as a principal records specialist and works across the modern domestic collections. He has worked extensively on the records created under the New Poor Law, particularly those created or collected by the central poor law authorities. He has also worked at the universities of Leicester, Northampton and Nottingham, researching or teaching within themes across modern social British history.

Tickets are £5 per person available from Ripon Museums email [email protected] or call in to the Workhouse Museum to book in person

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