U3A Shared Learning Project

Our 1901 Postal Pensioners

A new U3A Shared Learning Project, in partnership with Kings College London and the Postal Museum.
Our 1901 Postal Pensioners forms part of a larger project, Addressing Health , funded by the Wellcome Trust that looks at postal workers’ health in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
U3A members are invited to conduct research into the health of Post Office workers in Northern Ireland, Scotland, and South West England in 1901. 1901 has been chosen because it is the first year in which a full census is available for all of Ireland, Scotland, and England.
The Post Office was a major employer, with 167,000 employees by 1901. They kept careful records of the amount of sickness and causes of retirement for each employee. Using approximately 30,000 pension records, we will be able to identify how worker’s health varied over time and across different parts of the country.
This research will feed into a blog series, Postal Pensioners in 1901, which will be hosted on the Addressing Health project website. Postal Pensioners will showcase pieces of original historical writing by U3A researchers. It will also make available the data collected by U3A researchers.
This project would be of great interest to anyone who has researched their own family history, has a relative who was employed by the Post Office or anyone interested in social or medical history.
The research can be done at home, but we will be looking into ways of meeting up regularly to share experiences. Full training and instructions will be given to make this research as easy as possible.
If you are interested in volunteering for this project contact, National Shared Learning Project Co-ordinator, Jennifer Simpson, jdsimpson057@gmail.com.

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