The Workhouse ‘People Palaces’: How the Victorians and Edwardians Looked After the Poor?


Local & Family History

Day course

Jane Ferentzi-Sheppard

26 January 2021


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The stigma of the workhouse took a long time to die, many of these buildings were still being used by the NHS until recently.

We will look at the origins of the workhouse and the effects of the Poor Law of 1834, the setting up of the Poor Law Unions and the building of the ‘people palaces’. During the 1800s the Unions expanded developing Industrial Schools, Asylums, Orphanages and Hospitals.

Case studies from Dorset, Devon and Somerset will feature during the day and there will be time set aside to study books and documents on this fascinating subject.

Tutor information

Jane Ferentzi-Sheppard is a professional family and local historian and tutor in Adult Education. She runs a variety of family history courses in Somerset and Dorset and talks to organisations all over the country. Migration research has become a central part of Jane’s work, with her organising, attending and speaking at migration conferences all over the UK. Her MA dissertation was about migration from West Dorset to North America in the 1800s

Covid information

Dillington House wishes to reassure everyone that we are working closely with Somerset County Council to ensure every measure is being taken to make Dillington House a safe place for everyone.

All course participants will be sent further guidance prior to the course date.

Dillington House is following Government guidelines and adhering to new guidance including local or national lockdowns.

All places booked can be transferred or refunded in the event this course is cancelled. Individuals who are affected by local lockdowns will be able to transfer to an alternative course. All other terms and conditions apply.