Swansea University doctoral candidate contributes to the Western Mail's "Welsh History Month" series.

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Lesley Hulonce, a doctoral candidate in the Department of History and Classics has written today’s article for the celebrated Welsh History Month in the Western Mail.  Lesley argues that contrary to popular belief, workhouse children in the nineteenth century did not have to survive on gruel and were often better fed and educated than the children of the independent poor.

Lesley is close to submitting her PhD thesis which explores the lives of pauper children, not only in the workhouse, but also in local orphanages, cottage homes, specialist institutions for disabled children and given ‘outdoor relief’ at home or with foster families.

Read the article here:  http://www.walesonline.co.uk/lifestyle/nostalgia/welsh-history-month-gruelling-conditions-3569280#.UYy4042Dubc.twitter