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Workhouse Museums Network: Autumn Conference

Poverty, health and the lives of the poor in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries

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The Workhouse Museums Network exists to bring together all those with an interest in the history of poverty and welfare, the representation of these issues in museums, and the relevance of this complex past to modern social issues.

  • From: Thursday 20 September 2018, 9.30 am
  • To: Thursday 20 September 2018, 4 pm
  • Location: Lecture Theatre 2, Teaching and Learning Building, Clifton Campus, Nottingham Trent University, NG11 8NS
  • Booking deadline: Wednesday 19 September 2018, 5.00 pm
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Event details

This conference will bring together academics, museum professionals, archivists, museum volunteers and members of the public to consider two main themes:

  • approaches to pauper biographies in the nineteenth century
  • the evolution of the NHS in the twentieth century.

The conference will focus on how the Workhouse Museum Network can facilitate and coordinate voluntary research leading to innovative museum displays and exhibitions at multiple sites.

Reserve your place

This event is open to staff, students, and the public and is free to attend. To confirm your attendance please select 'reserve your place' at the top of the page.


For enquiries please contact Dr Andy Gritt, Head of Department, History, Languages and International Studies, Nottingham Trent University (NTU)


9.30 amRegistration and RefreshmentsLecture Theatre 2
Teaching and Learning Building
Clifton Campus
10 am – 10.05 am

Welcome and aims of the day
Dr Andy Gritt, NTU

10.05 am – 10.40 am

Engaging with Difficult Pasts in the “Age of Participation”
Professor Graham Black, NTU

10.40 am – 11 am

Oral history and twentieth –century health care
Katherine Onion, The Workhouse, Southwell

11 am – 11.30 am

Culture of the NHS
Dr Natalie Jones, University of Warwick

11.30 am – 12.15 pm

Discussion: Workhouses, healthcare and the NHS: outlining a volunteer research project
Chaired by Jan Overfield Shaw, The Workhouse, Southwell

12.15 pm – 1.15 pmLunch (not provided)
1.15 pm – 1.40 pm

Pauper microhistories: a case study approach
Dr Andy Gritt, NTU

1.40 pm – 2.40 pm

Generalising from the particular: making sense of microhistories
Dr John Herson, Liverpool John Moores

2.40 pm – 3 pm

Pauper microhistories in the museum
Dr Megan Dennis, Norfolk Museums Service

3 pm – 3.20 pm

Paupers, archives and the authorities: the intimacies of pauper lives
Dr Paul Carter, National Archives

3.20 pm – 4 pm

Panel discussion/questions
Chaired by Andy Gritt, NTU

Location details


Lecture Theatre 2, Teaching and Learning Building


Clifton Campus
Nottingham Trent University
NG11 8NS


For details about travelling to and parking at the Clifton Campus, please visit the maps and directions pages on the NTU website.

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