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Brighton Workhouses

October 14 at 7:00 pm - November 10 at 11:30 pm

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This online lecture is available on this page at the time shown above. It will also be available on the Regency Society's Youtube channel for as long as the lecturer is happy for it to be available.

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This talk seeks to discover what life was like for the thousands of people who passed through—and in many cases died in—the town’s workhouses: Church Hill and Elm Grove, and the children’s industrial school in Woodingdean. Who were these people? How did they end up in a workhouse? And how do Brighton’s workhouses compare to those portrayed by Charles Dickens? Wherever possible the voice of the pauper inmate is heard to illustrate the darker side of Brighton’s history.


James Gardner is the author of books about the Sussex Lunatic Asylum, the 1881 Balcombe Tunnel railway murder and the Brighton Workhouses. He works for a charity in Lewes and lives in Hove.

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The image shows the Women's Ward at the Brighton Workhouse (with kind permission from Royal Pavilion and Museums)



October 14 at 7:00 pm
November 10 at 11:30 pm