Poverty, Philanthropy and Social Conditions in Victorian Britain

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Primary source materials documenting the interactions between government policy and public philanthropy in Victorian and early twentieth century society.

This multi-archive collection, comprising collections from The National Archives at Kew, the British Library and Senate House Library navigates the complex social climate of nineteenth and early twentieth-century Britain between the introduction of the New Poor Law in 1834 and the eventual abolition of the workhouse system in 1930. 


Key Themes and Topics:

  • The Poor Laws, Workhouses and Outdoor Relief

  • Sanitation, Slums and Housing

  • Charitable Institutions and Friendly Societies

  • Manufacturing, Technology and Trade

  • Social Reform and Welfare

  • Education and Children

  • Race and Immigration

  • Health, Medicine and Disability

  • Social Order and Discipline

  • Socialism and Political Movements

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