Natalie Carter

Research Associate

Contact DetailsNatalie Carter



After graduating in Archaeology from University College London in 2005 I went on to study for an MA in Archives and Records Management, also at UCL, graduating in 2008. Since completing my MA I have worked with the archives of a diverse range of organisations including the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the Bishopsgate Institute. However the majority of my work has been at The National Archives in Kew where I have focused on the records of nineteenth century social history. In particular my work has centred on records of the New Poor Law, particularly those held by the central poor law authorities in record series MH 12.

Previous Projects

From 2008 to 2010 I was the Records Coordinator and Cataloguing Officer for the Living the Poor Life project at The National Archives. This was a large scale remote volunteering project designed to produce high quality, detailed searchable catalogue entries for a pre-selected collection of correspondence from 22 poor law unions across England and Wales. I was responsible for delivering training and archival workshop sessions across the country as well as managing the collection of historical archive data prior to upload to TNA catalogue. Between 2012 and 2014 I worked as Research and Records Coordinator on a similar project focusing on 6 poor law unions in the Midlands as part of the Pauper Prisons…Pauper Palaces project funded by the HLF and run by the British Association for Local History. Again this project involved worked with a large number of volunteers across the Midlands to produce high quality, detailed searchable catalogue entries to be accessible on The National Archives catalogue. The project also focused on encouraging volunteer project members to disseminate their research through publications and conferences.

Current Research Project

I am currently a Research Associate on the In Their Own Write project.  This is a three-year, AHRC-funded project, running from 2018 to 2021, which uses letters from paupers and other poor people, and associated manuscript material such as petitions, sworn statements and advocate letters (those written on behalf of paupers) to investigate the lives of the poor between 1834 and 1900.

It is run jointly by The National Archives and the Department of History at the University of Leicester.


  1. Living the Poor Life: a Guide to the Poor Law Union Correspondence, c 1834 – 1871 held at the National Archives, British Association for Local History, 2011, (with Paul Carter).
  2. ‘The Poor Law Commission: a New Digital Resource for Nineteenth-century Domestic Historians’, History Workshop Journal, Volume 71, Number 1, Spring 2011, pp. 29-48, (with Paul Carter).
  3. Pardons and Punishments: Judges’ Reports on Criminals, 1783-1830: 1800-1805, List and Index Society, Volume 337, 2010 (with Paul Carter).
  4. Pardons and Punishments: Judges’ Reports on Criminals, 1783-1830: 1795-1800, List and Index Society, Volume 330, 2009, (with Paul Carter).
  5. ‘How the Other Half Live’, Who Do You Think You Are Magazine, May 2009, (with Paul Carter).
  6. ‘Living the Poor Life’, Recordkeeping, April 2009, pp 15-17, (with Paul Carter).

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