New records cast light on life in Victorian workhouses

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Previously unseen records shedding new light on life in Victorian workhouses have gone online for the first time.

They include thousands of untouched 19th Century letters, memos and reports between the Cardiff and Llanfyllin Poor Law Unions and the boards regulating workhouses in London.

The documents have been pieced together by volunteer groups, including several in Wales.

The 'Living the Poor Life' project was led by the National Archives.

Experts at the London institution say the new digitally scanned catalogue of records will prove a vital research tool in helping understand what life was like for those forced to live in the workhouses as well as those who ran them....

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