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Visitors to the digital archive of the Southwell Union Workhouse with an interest in British history and the broader concerns of social welfare will be positively enthralled. Visitors without an interest in this subject may very well leave with the desire to learn quite a bit more. Recently, The National Archives in Britain digitized records from 1834 to 1871 that document the history of this well-known institution. Along with learning about the history of these places more generally, visitors will find correspondence between the administrators of the workhouse and the central authorities, along with details of individual paupers and workhouse staff. Visitors might wish to start at the "Introduction" area, and then move along to the search engine. Finally, the "Further Information" area contains additional links that provide additional context on the subject of poorhouses.
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