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Webinar: Why did people fear the Victorian workhouse?

The workhouse was a major feature in the lives of the poor, whether or not they were ever inmates themselves. This webinar can help you to explore records in The National Archives, showing what life was like inside the workhouse, and how it was viewed by those outside.

Paul Carter is The National Archives’ principal specialist in modern domestic records. He has a particular interest in poor law records.

A ‘webinar’ is an online seminar. This webinar took place on 8 July 2014.


  1. joyce spiller says:

    My mother was born in a workhouse and never forgot.

  2. Sandra says:

    This has been very interesting. I’m aware of how the workhouse worked but didn’t know quite how bad it was. I have been told that my Great Grandmother was born in a Workhouse, however she did manage to get out; I’m very proud of her.The conditions were truly grim .There was definitely stigma attached to being in the WH, shame and deprivation .

  3. Carol says:

    Cuts off rather abruptly at the end… would have been good to hear the Q&A session the speaker mentioned

    1. Ruth Crumey (admin) says:

      Thank you for your comments. We do not usually include Q&As because we need participants to sign a release form. And this means that sometimes a live recording can have a seemingly abrupt ending.

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