Women picking oakum in the workhouse

Description

The preparation of oakum – a fibrous material used in shipbuilding, picked out strand-by-strand from old rope – was a common form of labour in the Victorian workhouse, as well as in Britain’s prisons.

Full title:
Women picking oakum in the workhouse
Created:
estimated 1906
Format:
Photograph / Image
Creator:
Unknown
Copyright:
© National Archives
Held by
National Archives
Shelfmark:
PRO 30/69/1663 (38)

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