|Manchester Town Hall, 1897|
The year is 1897 and we are on the steps of Manchester Town Hall which is a building I know very well.
The young people staring back at us are about to leave for Canada under the care of the Manchester & Salford Boys’ & Girls’ Refuges.
The scene will have been replicated countless times from the beginning of the practice and the Manchester & Salford Boys’ & Girls’ Refuges continued sending young people till 1914.
The Together Trust holds many similar images and for those of us with a BHC in our family, pictures like this are a powerful link to link to that person.
Now I never knew my great uncle who left Derby with the Middlemore organization in 1914, and I have no pictures of him and few letters and other personal effects, so in a way this is the best I can do.
Anyone who wants to nominate their own is free to do so, just add a description in no more than 200 words and send it to me.
Picture, Migration Party, Manchester Town Hall, 1897, courtesy of the Together Trust, http://togethertrustarchive.blogspot.co.uk/