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Illustrated Talks by Peter Higginbotham

After almost twenty years of giving talks on workhouses, prisons, down-and-outs, children's homes, and related subjects, I have decided to call it a day once my existing bookings (below) are completed. I'd like to give my thanks to the hundreds of groups who have welcomed me to speak at their meetings, in many cases on more than one occasion.

  1. Gruelling Experiences - three centuries of the workhouse - the remarkable story of the workhouse from 1601-1948
  2. Doing Porridge - the fascinating history of the English prison
  3. No Place Like Home - the many and varied institutions that housed Britain's children
  4. Workhouse Waifs - how children were dealt with in the workhouse system
  5. Please Sir, I Want Some More! - the surprisingly flavoursome story of workhouse food (optionally, with samples of the actual food).
  6. Straight and Narrow - reformatories, industrial schools and other institutions for wayward children
  7. Down and Out in Victorian & Edwardian Britain - spikes, sit-ups and doss-houses
  8. The Workhouses of London
  9. The Workhouse in Ireland
  10. The Poorhouses of Scotland

Some feedback on my talks:

"...a superb presentation"

"...thoroughly absorbing"

"...a vivid insight"

"...our highest ever attendance"

Workhouse Talks Diary
Talks are often open to non-members of the hosting organisation - contact them for advice.
2018Details (subject will be the workhouse unless otherwise noted)
Tuesday January 16th, 7.30pm. Workhouse Food, Fewston Foxy Ladies, Fewston Parochial Hall, HG3 1SU.
Tuesday February 6th, 7.30pm. No Place Like Home, Huddersfield & District FHS, Huddersfield Town Hall HD1 2TA.
Thursday March 8th, 7.45pm. No Place Like Home, Rawdon WI, Community Centre, Billing View, Rawdon LS19 6PR.
Tuesday, April 17th, 10am. Workhouse Food - Probus Group, Salem Church Hall, Main Street, Burley-in-Wharfedale.
Tuesday, May 8th, 2pm. East Keswick WI, Village Hall, School Lane, East Keswick LS17 9DA.
Saturday, May 19th, from 9a.m. No Place Like Home + Straight and Narrow - LFHHS Conference & AGM, St Cuthbert's Church Centre, Lytham Road, Preston, Lancashire, PR2 3AR
Wednesday, May 23rd, 2pm. No Place Like Home, Upper Dales Family History Group, Fremington Sunday School, North Yorkshire DL11 6 AW
Wednesday June 20th, 7.30pm Straight and Narrow, Ryedale FHS, Village Hall, Hovingham, North Yorkshire YO62 4LE.
Wednesday June 27th, 10.00am Doing Porridge, Calverly Men's Forum, Methodist Church Hall, Chapel Street, Calverley LS28 5PS
Thursday September 13th, 7.00pm St John the Baptist Church, Bircle, Bury BL9 6UH
Tuesday October 2nd, 7.30pm Airedale Antique Collectors - Shipley Library, 2 Wellcroft, Shipley BD18 3QH

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