Peter Higginbotham became fascinated by the workhouse when, while tracing his family history, he discovered that one of his forebears had died in such an institution. His extensive researches resulted in a number of books including the much-praised 'Workhouse Encyclopedia', 'Voices from the Workhouse', and 'A Grim Almanac of the Workhouse'.
His favourite volume, 'The Workhouse Cookbook', is actually more of a history of the workhouse rather a recipe book but it clearly confused bookshops who mostly filed under "cookery" rather than "history"! It was followed by his entertaining history of the English prison system, 'The Prison Cookbook'.
Peter, who lives in West Yorkshire, regularly contributes to magazines, radio and TV programmes such as "Who Do You Think You Are?" and "Heir Hunters".
In the past few years, Peter has been researching the history of residential institutions for Britain's children, which has resulted in his most recent book 'Children's Homes' published in July 2017. The volume surveys a wide variety of establishments covering not only charitably run orphanages, but also reformatories, industrial and approved schools, homes run by religious and occupational bodies, local authority homes, training ships, and institutions for children in poverty or with special needs.