17th October 2005

 

TALK ON PLIGHT OF REAL LIFE OLIVER TWISTS

 

The care of orphaned and abandoned children in the Victorian age is the subject of the first in a series of guest lectures hosted by the University of Lincoln’s History Society.

 

Professor Michael Rose, who recently retired from his post as a senior lecturer in Economic History at the University of Manchester School of Arts, Histories and Cultures, is giving a talk at the university on Wednesday 19th October.

 

Entitled ‘Little Pauper Boarders: The Child and the Poor Law in Victorian England’, Professor Rose will talk about the care of orphaned and abandoned children and the fierce controversy as to whether institutionalism or ‘boarding out’ was the best solution for them.

 

Professor Rose is the author and editor of a number of books and articles on the English Poor Law system, including ‘The English Poor Law, 1780-1930’, ‘The Relief of Poverty, 1834-1914’ and ‘The Poor and the City: the English Poor Law in its Urban Context, 1834-1914’.

 

He is also a former president of the Social History Society.

 

President of the university’s History Society Zoe Locke said: “The History Society is extremely pleased to welcome such a prestigious lecturer to speak to our members and history students. Economic history and the poor law do feature in our degree programme especially in level one and two; therefore Professor Rose’s lecture will be very beneficial.”

 

Professor Rose will deliver his guest lecture in seminar room 10 in the University of Lincoln’s main academic building at 5pm on Wednesday 19th October.

 

Admission is free for History Society members and £1 for non-members.

 

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Kate Strawson, Assistant Press Officer

(01522) 886244

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