The second talk focuses on the draconian workhouse system that pre-dates the modern welfare state. For the vulnerable poor the workhouse often became their only means of support. Unemployment, sickness, old age, death of a parent and, for women in particular, the workhouse institution typically caused great hardship and even death in some cases. The lecture will examine the history of the workhouse institution using illustrated documented examples taken from inmates’ experiences and those that fought to for change.
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Course Dates 2018 – 2019
These courses take place at Stoke Lodge
Tuesday 1pm – 3 pm Rosemary Caldicott
- 1 session on 25 June £14 / £8 PWTUM
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Tutor – Rosemary Caldicott
Subject: Family History Research
I gained a further education teaching qualification following my masters degree and have taught extensively as a university lecturer in history and research.
I specialise in social family history having a key interest in workhouse records, and exploring how the concept of the family unit has changed throughout modern history. I am a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and associate member of the Regional History Centre, affiliated to the University of the West of England.
I have had various articles and recently two books published, ‘The Life and Death of Hannah Wiltshire. A Case Study of Bedminster Union Workhouse and Victorian Social Attitudes on Epilepsy’ (2016), and ‘Lady Blackshirts – The Perils of Perception. Suffragettes who became Fascists’ (2017).
I look forward to welcoming you to discover your unique family history!
Rosemary Caldicott BA MSc
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Subject: Family History Research I gained a further education teaching qualification following my masters degree and have taught extensively as a university lecturer in history and research. I specialise in social family history having a key interest in workhouse records, and exploring how the concept of the family unit has changed throughout modern history. I […]