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Children's Homes (Paperback)

A History of Institutional Care for Britain’s Young

British History Social History

By Peter Higginbotham
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 310
ISBN: 9781526701350
Published: 2nd August 2017

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What image does the word ‘orphanage’ conjure up in your mind? A sunny scene of carefree children at play in the grounds of a large ivy-clad house? Or a forbidding grey edifice whose cowering inmates were ruled over with a rod of iron by a stern, starched matron? In Children's Homes, Peter Higginbotham explores the history of the institutions in Britain that were used as a substitute for children’s ‘natural’ homes. From the Tudor times to the present day, this fascinating book answers questions such as: Who founded and ran all these institutions? Who paid for them? Where have they all gone? And what was life like for their inmates? Illustrated throughout, Children's Homes provides an essential, previously overlooked, account of the history of these British institutions.

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About Peter Higginbotham

Peter Higginbotham is an established author, best known for his work on the workhouse through six books (The Workhouse Encyclopedia, Grim Almanac of the Workhouse, Workhouse Cookbook etc.), his website workhouses.org.uk, magazine articles, and participation in TV programmes such as Who Do Think You Are? and Heir Hunters. In recent years Peter been extensively researching the history of children’s homes, which he details in his website http://www.childrenshomes.org.uk/.

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