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Born of Good Intentions: The Life and Times of Black Victorian Children in a Barnardo's Home

Born of Good Intentions: The Life and Times of Black Victorian Children in a Barnardo's Home

Whitechapel Idea Store
Idea Store Whitechapel Rd, London E1 1BU, UK

Start Time
10/18/2017 6:00 pm
Price
£10

In 1866 Dr Thomas John Barnardo set up his first ragged school. This was a free school for poor children who lived in the East End of London. However, it was soon clear to him that although the children could go to school, they had nowhere to live.  By 1870 he set up his first children's orphanage and it wasn't long before he began to take in children from very poor families. Some of the poorest children belonged to Black Victorians, and Barnardo's was the first charity to take them in.

So what is the back story to Thomas Barnardo? How did he start, where did he get his money from and why did he decide to take in these children? What drove him to do what he did? Why did he run an "employment agency" when he was supposed to be taking in children? Why did some of the children disappear when their families came to reclaim them? Was it all as innocent and child friendly as it looked? 

Come and hear the story of the first Black children in the UK to be placed in care and fostered. Who were they? What happened to them? How did they come to England? Why were they here in the first place?  Hear how some of the children suffered and led horrendous lives

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