FAMILY HISTORY – Paupers, poverty and police dogs …

 ** Details of our autumn Trace Your Ancestors course in Lincoln can be found at the end of this article **

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A joint visit to Southwell Workhouse on Monday 15th June by students from  WEA Family History courses in Barnsley and Leicester was a great success.

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A behind the scenes tour by wonderfully knowledgeable workhouse volunteer guides gave us all an insight into what life was like inside a union workhouse and enabled us to empathise with ancestors who’d found themselves in need of the workhouse at some point in their lives.

We learnt that pauperism – without the means of subsistence – and not poverty was the driver for seeking help from the workhouse authorities and also that by the 1980s the Southwell Workhouse building was being used to train police dogs!

The things you learn on a WEA trip

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Our tutor Gill Groom will be offering her TRACE YOUR ANCESTORS  course for WEA Lincoln  in September 2015. This will be held on Tuesdays mornings 10.30am-12.30pm at Lincolnshire Achives, St Rumbold St. Lincoln LN1 1UR

The course runs for 7 weeks and begins on 22nd September, the cost is £53.90 or it is free if you are in receipt of means tested benefits.

Please Note: This course is now FULL  and no longer accepting new enrolments

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