Johanna Purser

PhD candidate in History
I am a part-time PhD candidate in History at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge. I completed my undergraduate degree at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge where I obtained a BA in Business and Economics and where I first became interested in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century social and economic history after studying the life of Robert Owen and his New Lanark cotton mills. In 2016 I graduated with a Master of Studies degree in History which was completed at the Institute of Continuing Education at Madingley Hall in Cambridge. My MSt. research comprised of a detailed examination of the workhouse population of the Nottingham Poor Law Union, 1881-1882. My doctoral thesis examines poverty, poor relief, and the workhouse in London between 1824 and 1844 i.e. during the latter period of the Old Poor Law through to the introduction of the New Poor Law in 1834. My research is supervised by Dr Samantha Williams.
Poverty, poor relief, the Old and New Poor Laws, workhouse populations.
'The Workhouse Population of the Nottingham Union, 1881-1882', 22 April 2017, Local Population Studies Society Spring conference, University of Winchester.


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'The Workhouse Population of the Nottingham Union, 1881-1882', Local Population Studies, 99 (Autumn 2017), pp. 66-80.