Children in Care 1834-1929 written by Rosemary Steer and published by Pen and Sword Books. £14.99 – Softcover – Pages 224
The book Children in Care looks at the number of children who have sadly found themselves in positions of needing to be homed in various ways as some often went to workhouses, children’s homes or even emigrated to various parts of the empire. Some you could say were lucky to be fostered or adopted, but I’m sure wasn’t always a happy ending. The book is based upon the work of its author Rosemary Steer who has worked in archives for many years, and she really does have the knowledge. She particularly looks into the 300+ plus children who found their way into Dickleborough village in Norfolk. Steer make use of all kinds of records in order to find out her research and information from, sources such as court records, case files, newspapers, parish records and more.
This book is three things sad, happy and very interesting all in one book. Sad because of some of the conditions and situations these children find themselves in through no fault of their own. Happy because here are people, even back in that time when it did seem most people didn’t like children or believed they should be seen and not heard. But finally this is a very interesting book indeed, the work, effort and research that has gone into this by the author is incredible and I say that as someone who has had to trawl through these types of records before. It is the work of the author, Steer that makes it the success it should be. There are no pictures needed, but there are a few, through the work of the records and the authors telling is what makes this book. I would highly recommend this book to anyone, but in particular I would invite all students who are learning about history, social history and even law to read this book because of its reliance on source material is fantastic which is why rate 5 stars and it will probably make my top ten books of the year.