Display highlights struggles of past

An exhibition about Rotherham's 19th century workhouses has opened.
An exhibition about Rotherham's 19th century workhouses has opened.
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Struggles of daily life from a bygone age can be relived at an exhibition about South Yorkshire’s poor.

The display reveals details of life in 19th century workhouses around Rotherham.

Items on show include a workhouse birth register, copies of photographs of the Rotherham Workhouse building on Alma Road, newspaper articles, and a colour copy of a minute book cover illustration.

The exhibition is taken from Rotherham’s Poor Law Union workhouse collection held in the local archives.

A Rotherham Council spokeswoman said: “These documents bring to life what the workhouse would have looked like, and what it might have been like to have been an inmate living in the workhouse.

“Life inside the workhouse was intended to be as difficult as possible.

“Men, women, children, the infirm and the able-bodied were housed separately and given very basic food. The able-bodied were given hard work such as stone-breaking or picking apart old ropes.”

The collection of documents is on display until June 13 in the Rotherham Archives and Local Studies Service at Clifton Park Museum.

An archives skills workshop takes place at Clifton Park Museum on Friday, May 10, from 10am until 12noon, when people can take a closer look at the workhouse documents.

Places cost £4 per person. To book, call 01709 336 633.