12th May – National Archives Webinar – ‘Why did people fear the Victorian Workhouse?’


Breaking news…

Apologies for the short notice but we have just learned that Paul Carter is running a webinar via the National Archives entitled ‘Why did people fear the Victorian Workhouse?’ Paul lead the team to which some society members have made huge contributions by cataloging the correspondence from the Bromsgrove Poor Law Union to the Board in London. Paupers from Clent would end up in the workhouse there. Items of interest about Clent people have been posted on this site before. Itseems likely that the issue of medical care will crop up and some of the most awful cases involve people from our neighbouring village, Belbroughton which he may quote.

The webinar is to take place on Monday 12 May at 4 pm. You do not need to go to London. You simply register and log in at the appropriate time. It will last no more than an hour. It will be text based rather than a Skype type event. Alternatively the session will be recorded and will be available after the event. If you are interested it is easy to register – webinars@nationalarchives.gov.uk

Further details of the event are at: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/events/webinar-why-did-people-fear-the-victorian-workhouse.htm

12 May 2014 @ 16:00

The workhouse was a major feature in the lives of the poor, whether or not they were ever inmates themselves. This webinar will 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. The session will last no longer than one hour.
Paul Carter is Principal Specialist in modern domestic records. He has a particular interest in poor law records.


What is a webinar? 

A ‘webinar’ is an online seminar. Each webinar will consist of an introduction to the records or research technique, with the opportunity to ask questions and get answers from the presenter and your webinar host. Your host will be a specialist in the research topic covered.
Live webinars are available on set dates at set times, and last no more than one hour. See our programme below for details. Please note that these are online sessions only, which you can log into from your own computer or tablet without having to travel to visit The National Archives. It is not possible to attend the session in person.

What do I need to do?

You will need to register in advance. Registering is quick and easy – simply send your name and email address towebinars@nationalarchives.gov.uk, and choose the topic(s) that you are interested in. You will then receive an email with a link to view the webinar at the scheduled time, along with detailed instructions on logging in.
Each session is also be recorded and will be made available to view after the event. Recorded sessions will be available soon for download or viewing through The National Archives website.

I have to admit I have never taken part in a Webinar but I believe that once you have logged on you will be able to see Paul giving his seminar being beamed to your computer screen from The National Archives.  He will not be able to see ‘the audience’ but you will be able to type questions that he will be able to see as the session goes on.


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