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The Hampshire Record Office is putting on a special workshop that will examine the extent of their poor law records and archives. The Poor Law Act is used to refer to several acts and amendments created over centuries that controlled the movements and welfare of low-income and destitute people. Stretching back as far as 1300s, the Poor Law system began as a way to restrict the movements of beggars. Eventually, it evolved into a welfare-style system, but one that included poor conditions and pay. The Poor Law Workshop will be held at the Hampshire Record Office on Tuesday 27th February from 2pm till 4pm.

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Photograph of Droxford Union Workhouse


This workshop would be of particular interest to anyone who has ancestors who went through the poor law system. It will not only examine the records that the Hampshire Record Office holds within its archives, but it will also give family members and researchers information about what records exist and where and how to search for them. It provides an opportunity to see how the Poor Law system changed and evolved from the 1300s until it was abolished in 1948, as well as providing an opportunity for descendants to learn more about their family history and what their ancestors experienced.

The two-hour workshop will run from 2pm till 4pm on Tuesday 27th of February. Tickets are £20 and can be purchased online through the HantsWeb online store. Wheelchair accessibility is available, but due to evacuation procedures, there is a limit to two wheelchair accessible tickets per event at the Hampshire Record Office.

For more information, visit the website or head down to the Hampshire Record Office Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm or on the first and third Saturday of the month from 9am to 4pm to find out more about the archives and what information you can discover there.

The Hampshire Record Office is located on Sussex Street in Winchester.
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Why? Explore your family's poor law history
When: Tuesday February 27th, 2-4pm
Phone: 01962 846154
Where: Hampshire Record Office, Sussex St, Winchester
Cost: £20
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