Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Bleak House 1851

Belfast Telegraph: "It is also to be chronicled by the first complete census of the British nation, undertaken on March 30 1851, a month before the Great Exhibition was officially opened.
For those watching BBC1's 15-part adaptation of Bleak House, directed by Andrew Davies, the census now provides another chance to delve into the story of 1851, because it has now been launched online by ancestry.co.uk in conjunction with The National Archives.
The availability of the census fuels an apparently unquenchable desire to study family history. But it also provides a chance to examine a year in which a poor family would be forced to live in one room and where the unemployed and infirm eked out an existence in the workhouse, removing tar from ships' ropes in return for a bed and food. "


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