Simon Fowler, who is on the committee that runs the monthly Kew Market, is Vice-Chair of the Richmond Local History Society and edits its annual journal, Richmond History.
Prosperous as Richmond may seem, there have always been pockets of poverty. Simon’s talk will look at how ordinary people in difficulties in Victorian times were helped by the Poor Law and by the numerous charitable institutions in the town. His talk links to the Poverty exhibition which opened on 23 September at the Museum of Richmond and to Simon’s new book, Poverty and Philanthropy in Victorian Richmond, published by the Richmond Local History Society.
He will tell the story of Richmond’s workhouse, built by King George III in 1786, and the lives of the paupers who resided there. He will also look at Richmond’s almshouses, which have been helping small numbers of older people since 1600, and how charities tried to encourage habits of thrift and self-help among the working classes in the mid-19th century.
This event is free to members of the Richmond Local History Society.
Non-members are very welcome and will be invited to pay £4 on the door. We don’t sell advance tickets – there is no need to book as the venue has plenty of space and you can be sure to find a seat.