There was no safety net for the poor in 19th century Britain. There were no welfare benefits, free national healthcare, soup kitchens and numerous other safeguards. Instead, the poor were placed in workhouses, out of sight and out of mind. There they suffered and often died. Do your research and find out more about this despicable institution and tell the story.
Familiarize yourself with the issue: Documentary
· Watch the documentary: The horrific world of England’s workhouses https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikdlIMgFE6g
Familiarize yourself with the issue: Listen to the podcast
· Our ancestors and the fear of the Victorian workhouse http://media.nationalarchives.gov.uk/index.php/our-ancestors-and-the-fear-of-the-victorian-workhouse/
Reading material to make notes on:
· Before welfare: True stories of life in the workhouse http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/475994/Before-welfare-True-stories-of-life-in-the-workhouse
· Punished for being poor: London’s forgotten workhouses http://londonist.com/2014/04/punished-for-being-poor-londons-forgotten-workhouses