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Workhouse Voices – Creative Writing Competition

To enter the creative competition, you will need to write a short story which describes life in a Victorian workhouse or an experience of the Poor Law.

Drawing your inspiration from the real people who wrote the letters in the new online collection: Workhouse VoicesWhat did paupers say about the Poor Law?  

In the words of those who wrote these letters it was a harsh, difficult, inhumane experience:

  • ‘They put soap in the provisions that dogs will not eat’
  • ‘If any of our parents bring anything, we are not allowed to have it’
  • ‘Take me out of this workhouse, I do not like to be in here’

Find out more information in the document below

Workhouse voices – Creative writing competition brief