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Listen to talks, lectures and other events presented by The National Archives of the United Kingdom.


Our ancestors and the fear of the Victorian workhouse

March 6th, 2012

Episode 229 of 474 episodes

In 1834 the British government introduced the Poor Law Amendment Act (the introduction of the 'Workhouse System'). This was one of the most important pieces of 19th century social legislation and it touched the lives of millions of ordinary men, women and children.

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