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Discovering Emigrant Children - Being Human Festival 2019

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Greater Manchester Police Museum & Archives

57A Newton Street

Manchester

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90,000 orphaned, criminal and ‘friendless’ British children emigrated to Canada between the 1860s and 1920s, as part of a wider scheme to deal with ‘problem’ or destitute children. The North-West faced particularly acute problems as the influx of Irish migrants put extreme pressures on the region and the problem of destitute children fell on local charities. In Manchester, Protestant Sunday school teachers and philanthropists Leonard Shaw and Richard Taylor established the Manchester Refuge, which sent over 2,100 children to Canada between 1872 and 1925. Listen to important new research on child emigration from Dr Charlotte Wildman and Dr Eloise Moss from the University of Manchester to find out more about the work of the Manchester Refuge and the process and experience of emigration. Learn how to locate and research ancestors sent to Canada as children. The event is composed of a lecture followed by a workshop on tracing relatives who emigrated through these schemes.


This event is part of the Being Human festival, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities, taking place 14–23 November. Led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy. For further information please see beinghumanfestival.org.



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