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The New Poor Law

April 22, 2017
Local Population Studies Society

University of Winchester
United Kingdom

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This conference is sponsored by the Local Population Studies Society and the University of Oxford's Department for Continuing Education. It brings together several historians who have worked on aspects of the New Poor Law during the past two decades with the aim of assessing our knowledge of its operation and impact. The Keynote Address will be given by Prof. Steven King, of the University of Leicester who has written extensively on the Poor Law, both Old and New, and who is a former member of the Editorial Board of Local Population Studies.

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Steven King: Keynote lecture

Martin Byers: ‘The principle of less eligibility and its application under the New Poor Law’

Karen Rothery: ‘Who do they think they are? An analysis of the Boards of Guardians in Hertfordshire’

Peter Jones: ‘Pauper voices and the New Poor Law’

Alistair Ritch: ‘Medical care under the New Poor Law’

Johanna Purser: ‘The workhouse population of the Nottingham Union, 1881-1882'

Simon Gallaher: ‘Children and families in Irish workhouses 1850-1914’

Andrew Hinde: ‘Hampshire workhouse populations revisited: reflections on what we have learned about the populations of workhouses in the mid-nineteenth century’

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We hope to see many of you at the conference!

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April 7, 2017, 5:00pm BST

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