Presenter, Clare, visits Sheffield Archives and Local Studies Library where records of the Scattered Homes are preserved. Guided by Archivist Tim Knebel, she discovers the often tragic circumstances which led to children being admitted to the homes. Many of the children were victims of poverty, disease and criminality which were endemic in the dismal Sheffield city centre slum housing thrown up by Sheffield’s rapid industrial growth over the course of the 19th century. Scattered Homes children typically included those who had been orphaned or abandoned or those whose parents had been confined to the workhouse or sent to prison. Claire tries to find out what became of a selection of Scattered Homes children, after difficult beginnings to their lives, seeking to unravel their fates through the records held at Sheffield Archives and Local Studies Library.
Friday 10 April 2015, 11:00am
(To be repeated again over the weekend).