A Free Collections Talk with Refreshments on Olney’s 18th and 19th Century “Poor Law” Books

There have always been poor people who needed help or charity to survive. Before King Henry VIII seized all the monasteries in England in the 1540’s, these religious centres had given food to the poor to help them cope.

In 1601, the Elizabethan ‘Poor Law’ was introduced, which required each parish to support its poor inhabitants with both money and goods. The parishes appointed Overseers of the Poor, who would be four local better off residents and would each serve for three months and administer the support to the needy residents.

Join Trustee, Geoff Swindells, for a free talk about Olney’s 18th and 19th century Poor Law books, which includes showing genuine articles form the museum’s collection!

This is a free talk which will be taking place in the museum’s large garden marquee. Please note that standard garden admission applies to adults (free admission for annual pass holders). Refreshments are also provided!

To reserve a place please email: info@cowperandnewtonmuseum.org.uk

Part of a summer programme supported by the Milton Keynes Community Foundation.

MK community foundation


Aug 25, 2023


11:30 am

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