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Elation and Frustration: The Reality of Family History Research

Another day, another archives visit. Off I went to the aptly named “Discovery Museum” in Newcastle which houses the Tyne and Wear Archives. Filled with anticipation and enthusiasm, I was on the trail of my one-handed gypsy 5x great grandmother Charlotte Burnett. 650 more words

Family History

Rights and removals: a four nations perspective on poor law history

Rights and removals: a four nations perspective on poor law history

Simon Gallaher (University of Cambridge)  looks at how geographically distinctive 19th century Poor Law regimes impacted on those whose lives crossed jurisdictions. 1,096 more words

Four Nations

1847: the Irish Famine and Stafford

The mass suffering and exodus of Irish people during the Famine had many parallels with the world refugee crisis of today. Major issues in the rural Irish economy, in government policy and in the political relationship between Ireland and Britain were exposed by the failure of the potato crop in 1846/7. 1,213 more words


Disabled mill workers, shoddy fever, harsh times, positive contributions

Bringing two of Shoddy’s themes together, I wanted to find out about disabled people’s roles in the textile mills during the industrial revolution (1760 – 1820) and the period afterwards. 1,052 more words

Disabled People

The Black Isle Poorhouse

Coping with the poor has long been a problem for governments and local communities and, of course, let’s not forget enduring the indignity of relying on others for something to eat and a place of shelter has never been much fun for the poor themselves. 2,270 more words

Conservation work- Wrexham Workhouse Collection

We do not have a conservator as part of our service and we rely upon external grants to fund most conservation work needed. This year, we have received part-funding from The Friends of the Clwyd Archives to restore seven admission/discharge registers from the… 307 more words

Widow Fling, Mr Gusheroons and friends

One of the delights of my job has been collating the various indexing projects carried out by our team of Archives volunteers, involving the collections of parish registers and records, and in particular the Poor Law Settlement Examinations.  553 more words

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