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Poor Law Records for the genealogist

Some of the best historic records about individual people in Britain are for those who were on the margins of society.

Rules and regulations introduced with the Poor Law in1834 generated a plethora of information about many of the unfortunate people – including our ancestors – who were caught up in the system.

This workshop, led by expert genealogist Dr Nick Barratt, who has appeared in many television programmes including Who Do You Think You Are?, shows how you can use these records to build a picture of what it was like to live in poverty in the past.

Nick is President of the Federation of Family History Societies; Vice President of the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives; and Trustee of the Society of Genealogists. 

Afternoon tea will be served as part of the workshop, with a selection of teas and scones.

People attending both the workshop and the evening lecture will be able to visit Westminster Hall, the oldest building on the Parliamentary estate, between events.

This Festival of Freedoms event aligns with the Poor Law banner from ‘The Beginnings of that Freedome' exhibition in Westminster Hall.


Tickets are £10 each (including booking fee). To book your place please call the bookings team on 0207 219 4114 between 9 am and 5 pm.
If you have any questions, please contact

Please note: this event is now fully booked but if you would like to be added to the waiting list in the event any places become available, please call the team above.

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