Poor Law Records for the Genealogist a talk by Dr Nick Barratt,  Wednesday 23 September 3-5pm

Poor Law records for the Genealogist a talk by Dr Nick Barratt Wednesday 23 September 3-5pm

Wednesday 23 September 3-5pm , at Macmillan Room Portcullis House, Houses of Parliament

A talk  presented  by the Society of Genealogists in partnership with the Houses of Parliament Festival of Freedoms celebrating 800  years of Rights and Representation.

Tickets £10 including (refreshments)

Telephone bookings via Houses of Parliament only -  020 7219 4114  (lines  are open 9-5pm Monday to Friday)

Some of the best historic records about individual people in Britain are for those who were on the margins of Society.

Rules and regulations introduced with the Poor Law in 1834 generated a plethora of information about many of the unfortunate people  - including our ancestors – who were caught in the system.

The workshop lead by Dr Nick Barratt who has appeared in many television programmes including Who Do You Think You Are?, shows how you can use these records to build a picture of what it was like to live in poverty in the Past.


Nick is President of the Federation of Family History Societies, Vice President of the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives and a Trustee of the Society of Genealogists.

Afternoon cream tea will be served as part of the workshops with a selection of tea and scones


The Society is delighted to announce that  Dr Nick Barratt will later present the Society of Genealogists’ prestigious Certificate of Recognition to Peter Higginbotham  who is also participating as a speaker in the Festival of Freedoms. For an opportunity to attend and hear Peter Higginbotham’s free talk on

The Workhouse 1601-1948: welfare before the welfare state on 23 September at Macmillan Room, Portcullis House, Houses of Parliament at 6.45pm   book a place via the eventbright website click here

Peter will be well known to many for his two websites on workhouses and children's homes, which are acknowledged to be the major sources of information on these subjects. He has also written a number of books and articles and appears regularly on TV and radio. Peter's citation reads, "For his dedication in compiling extensive information on workhouses and children's homes and making it widely available".

People attending both the afternoon workshop and the evening lecture will be able to visit Westminster Hall, the oldest building on the Parliamentary estate, between events.