The Lost Children – Middlemore Child Emigrants
This talk will tell the history of The Birmingham Children’s Emigration Homes, founded by Sir John Middlemore in 1872. Around 6,000 children were emigrated, mainly to Canada, in a bid to save them from their desperate home circumstances.
This is a unique opportunity to hear from the leading expert Dr. Patricia Roberts-Pichette Ph.D. on The Birmingham Children’s Emigration Homes. Dr. Patricia Roberts-Pichette is flying in from Canada specifically for this event.
Patricia is a strong advocate of The Homes and will explain how they differed from other emigration agencies and how her research has led her to the conclusion that, for the majority of Middlemore children, emigration had a positive impact.
She will also steer us through the changing UK and Canadian politics that led to the end of Middlemore’s settlement policies and resulted in a very different emigration model from 1926 to the last of the Middlemore child emigrants in 1954.
Patricia was the driving force behind a project by volunteers of the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa, to meticulously catalogue the vast records held by Birmingham Library. As a result, in March 2019 the Society launched an invaluable, free online resource to anyone researching a Middlemore child. The index provides a comprehensive list of every document and archive reference available for each child.
“Great Canadian Expectations – The Middlemore Experience”, written by Patricia, is the result of 15 years research and the most comprehensive guide to The Homes available, view here
This talk is being held as part of The Lost Children Exhibition at the BMI from 14 – 22 Sept 10am–4pm.
At 12 noon there will be Dramatic Performance in the Lyttelton Theatre at the BMI. Expect pop-up theatre, singing, photography and lots more. Suitable for families. FREE event. No booking required.
Date & Time
Saturday 14 September | 12pm – 3.30pm
The Lyttelton Theatre, Birmingham & Midland Institute, Margaret Street, B3 3BS
Booking not required
Limited disabled access