Who needs help, what help and why? These questions have been answered very differently across the decades and attitudes to those in need have helped shape individual identities and communities alike. This series of
talks will explore histories of helping others in a variety of settings both in Liverpool and beyond.
'Problem familites' on Merseyside, 1943 - 74 with Michael Lambert from University of Liverpool
Despite rising prosperity and the emerging welfare state, why did there persist families with ‘stone age standards’ in a time of ‘developed civilisation’? This was the question posed by a Medical Officer of Health in 1946 and the idea
of ‘problem families’, as well as what help they needed, was pioneered in Liverpool. Using the records of mothers sent to the Brentwood Recuperative Centre, a residential rehabilitation institution, this talk explores what it meant to be a ‘problem family’ in post-war Merseyside.