The Poor We Always Have with Us


Residential course

Jonathan Rodell

14 April 2023 to 16 April 2023

From £265 Non-residential fee

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Sickness, age and bad luck have always left members of the community vulnerable to poverty and hunger.

Equally constant, however, over many centuries, have been the efforts of the national and local communities of England and Wales to provide a safety net for neighbours facing destitution.

This course examines those efforts – medieval alms, reformation poor laws and Lloyd George’s national insurance scheme – and asks what the history of our welfare provision tell us about who we are.

Residential Fees From: £395.   Non Residential: £265

Course runs from Dinner on Friday to Lunch on Sunday.

Tutor information

Dr Jonathan Rodell studied History at Pembroke College, Cambridge before going on to complete a PhD on popular religion in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.  He was a Visiting Fellow at Southern Methodist University, Dallas and is a tutor at Madingley Hall, the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Continuing Education.  His published works include The Rise of Methodism: a study of Bedfordshire 1736-1851 and he is currently working on a volume about religion in Victorian London tentatively titled City of God.

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