Inspired by the desire to create a platform where workhouse sites could learn, support and engage with one another, the Workhouse Network is now launching its pilot project “More Than Oliver Twist” – an Arts Council England funded Subject Specialist Network project that works to place the resonant histories of workhouses and welfare into the political context of today.
After an incredibly productive meeting hosted by Southwell Workhouse, the project is now in full swing - the foundations of the research framework have been firmly mapped out, and exciting plans for an immersive experience to take place at the Networking Event are slowly coming to life!
July will see the first event on the project’s calendar come to fruition – the Mentor Training Day, hosted by Nottingham Trent University and headed by Andrew Gritt, Head of Arts and Humanities. The day is packed full of informative and insightful talks on the processes of family history research by guest speakers from Nottingham Trent University, Roehampton University as well as the National Archives, with the opportunity for Regional Mentors to informally discuss the project and get to grips with the task at hand! The event will establish our Regional Mentors as knowledgeable guides and equip them with the resources to lead their regional teams through a successful research phase.