‘On the Road’ – Casual Ward Diaries 1928-35

‘On the Road’ – Casual Ward Diaries 1928-35

Peter Higginbotham is the author of the richly comprehensive workhouses.org.uk/. Peter became interested in workhouses while researching his own family history, since then he has visited ‘hundreds of former workhouse sites across the British Isles, from Truro to...
“Swarms” of people: then and now

“Swarms” of people: then and now

Rose Hadshar is an independent researcher, academic translator and PhD applicant. Her Masters thesis investigated queer sexuality in the case of fishwives in seventeenth century London, and her PhD proposal centres on the lives of farmed animals in post-Reformation...
Medieval homelessness and moral judgment

Medieval homelessness and moral judgment

Charlotte Berry is completing her PhD at the IHR. Her thesis focuses on the neighbourhoods which formed the geographical ‘margins’ of London c.1370-1530, those neighbouring and just outside the city walls. As Christmas approaches and the nights get colder, this time...
The Invention of Homelessness?

The Invention of Homelessness?

Luke Seaber is the author of Incognito Social Investigation in British Literature: Certainties in Degradation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), as well as other chapters and articles on nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature.  He currently teaches on modern European...

Why Vagrancy?

Homeless Households This project makes the case that understanding the social, administrative and cultural history of vagrancy is crucial because similar mechanisms still shape the experiences of the homeless and destitute poor in the present. In recent years, rising...