Alms, Charity and Parish: Relief for Guildford’s Poor (T250)
25 March 2020 @ 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Speaker: Volunteers from the Institute Library
The early Victorian era was a time of great upheaval for agriculture and unemployment amongst labourers was high. This placed an intolerable burden on parish relief – a system unchanged since the Elizabethan era. It soon became a national problem and the government of the day needed a solution. The Reverend Becher’s paper The Anti-Pauper System (1832), in which he outlined his idea for a ‘house of industry’, sowed the seeds for the establishment of the workhouse.
The Guildford Union workhouse designed by George Gilbert Scott and W B Moffatt opened its doors in 1838. Volunteers from the Institute’s Library will guide the audience through Guildford’s history of alms-giving, its local charities and the workhouse on the hill.
This event is free, however, in order to book a place you will still need to add the required space(s) to your basket and check out in the normal way.
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V Café at The Guildford Institute provides a friendly catering service using high quality, fresh, vegetarian and vegan ingredients.
The perfect way to give a treat to someone special who takes real pleasure in learning new things and taking part in great activities.