Regional Mentor for Gressenhall, Helen Bainbridge, has shared the fascinating biography of Sarah Ann Gage.
Biography of Sarah Ann Gage
(b. 1873 - d. 1939)
26th December, 2019
by Stephen Douglas
With the More Than Oliver Twist project drawing to an official close in September 2020, the Workhouse Network is setting its sights to the future. Over the next few months, a select committee will help to develop a five-year forward plan to uncover what is next in store for the network…
We are currently running a short survey in order to consider the future of our network. We would be extremely grateful to members and non-members alike, if they would give their input to feedback into our forward planning committee.
Our fantastic artists, Mel Rye and Morgan Tipping, provide us with a brief update as the exhibition starts to come together.
The People have spoken!...
"...of applying to Mr Gosling, the relieving officer, of the Basford union. who gave me an order for 8lb of bread, for presant relief, and also an order for the union house”
By Dr Paul Carter
Letter from George Ellis, 1858 (see footnotes for details) reproduced by kind permission of The National Archives.
Towards the end of June 1858 George Ellis, of Arnold in Nottinghamshire (part of the Basford Poor Law Union), wrote to the Poor Law Board. His letter is a wonderful piece of writing and deserves setting out in full...
By Wednesday Batchelor
Workhouse history is incredibly diverse; workhouses were staffed and inhabited by people of all colours and backgrounds. Today, I would like to tell the story of a very important man, whose achievements have been sadly underrepresented.
:Thetford, Norfolk, is remembered for a great number of things...:
Our artists provide us with an exciting update on their work towards the More Than Oliver Twist exhibition!
Mel Rye and Morgan Tipping have been working hard behind the scenes to create amazing content for the upcoming digital exhibition.
This week, Wednesday has been looking through the Gressenhall's MODES database, to find historic images of the workhouse and the inmates living there.
I have been looking through some beautiful historic photographs of Gressenhall, and thought I would share some of my favourites!
Elspeth Hunter and Wednesday Batchelor, sharing the Project Support Officer post, will be staying with "More Than Oliver Twist" for a further three months!
We are very grateful to Arts Council England for approving a reprofiling of the ‘More Than Oliver Twist’ project budget...
The current global crisis is leading some people to make comparisons with previous pandemics, most notably the Spanish flu of 1918-1920. Even the historic images of that outbreak look eerily familiar with face masks becoming common and emergency hospitals set up to cope with the scale of infection. Spanish flu led to many more deaths than we have seen so far from coronavirus, with an estimated 500 million cases and 50 million deaths worldwide...
Above left: Family and their cat during the Spanish Flu, 1918.
Above right: Camp Funston, at Fort Riley, Kansas, during the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic.