18th October 2016

Gruelling Experiences - three centuries of the  workhouse

Peter Higginbotham

I first became interested in workhouses while researching my family history and discovering that my great-great-grandfather had died in a workhouse infirmary. My subsequent research into the subject has resulted in the highly regarded website workhouses.org.uk, and a number of books including The Workhouse Encyclopedia, The Workhouse Cookbook, Voices from the Workhouse and A Grim Almanac of the Workhouse.

I’m also a frequent contributor to magazines and radio and TV programmes including Who Do You Think You Are?, Heir Hunters, Coming Home, and Servants: The True Story of Life Below Stairs. In 2015 I was awarded the Society of Genealogists’ prestigious Certificate of Recognition for my work, which has also extended to institutions such as prisons and children’s homes.

Gruelling Experiences - three centuries of the workhouse - the remarkable story of the workhouse from 1601-1948.

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