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Illustrated Talks by Peter Higginbotham

I offer a number of fully illustrated talks about the workhouse and associated topics — generally around 50-60 minutes in length. I provide my own laptop and data projector. The cost (including travel from my home at Ilkley, West Yorkshire) is somewhat negotiable depending on the distance, size of group etc. If you'd be interested in me talking to your group or society, please email me with details of what you have in mind. (Please note that I normally only give talks during school term-times and am no longer taking bookings for Monday evenings. Long-distance travel to speak to small groups usually proves impracticable or financially unviable.)

For more background information about me, please see the Author page.

My list of illustrated talks currently includes the following topics (all tailored to your location where possible):

  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 New!
  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 New!
  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.
Saturday September 10th, 2pm (tbc) Workhouse Food, Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road, London E17 9NH
Tuesday September 13th, 7.30pm Airedale Writers' Circle, Sight Airedale, Scott Street, Keighley
Wednesday September 21st, 2.15pm Bradford Retired Teachers Association, Eccleshill Library, Bolton Road, Bradford BD2 4SR
Thursday September 29th, 7.30pm Ackworth Heritage Group, Bell Lane, Ackworth WF7 7JH
Tuesday October 18th, 7.30pm Hull Literary and Philosophical Society, Hull Royal Hotel, 170 Ferensway, Hull HU1 3UF
Saturday, November 5th No Place Like Home (part of 'Care & Consideration' seminar day) National Railway Museum, Leeman Road, York YO26 4XJ
Thursday February 2nd, 7.30pm. Straight and Narrow — Wharfedale FHS, Salem Church Hall, Burley-in-Wharfedale
Thursday March 2nd, 10am Workhouse Food, Otley Men's Forum, Methodist Hall, Walkergate, Otley.
Thursday March 2nd, 8.15pm Goldsborough WI, Goldsborough Cricket Pavilion, York Road, Goldsborough
Wednesday March 15th Poynton Luncheon Club, Deanswater Hotel, Wilmslow Road, Woodford, SK7 1RJ
Saturday March 18th, 2.30pm. No Place Like Home — Wharfedale Family History Group, Threshfield Village Institute, Threshfield BD23 5HD
Saturday May 6th, 10.30am No Place Like Home — Wakefield FHS, Memorial Hall, Leeds Road, Outwood WF1 2NE
Wednesday June 7th, 7.30pm No Place Like Home - York & District FHS, New Earswick Bowls Club, Huntington Road, York YO32 9PX
Wednesday June 21st, 10.00am Down and Out in Victorian England, Calverly Men's Forum, Methodist Church Hall, Chapel Street, Calverley
Thursday, December 7th, 10.30am No Place Like Home, Bradford FHS, Glyde House, Glydegate, Bradford. BD5 0BQ

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