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Copyright of Material

Unless otherwise indicated, the contents of all pages on this website ( are the copyright of Peter Higginbotham. Except as noted below, content may not be reproduced without prior written permission.

Users are welcome to print pages from the site for their own private, personal use.

Permission is not required:

  • For inclusion of content in non-commercial, privately circulated documents, such as family history researches in a book distributed purely amongst the author's own family.
  • For one-off use by teachers in a classroom lesson, so long as the material is not subsequently re-published or re-distributed, e.g. in a collection of lesson plans.
  • For use by students in an assignment or thesis (unless formal permission is required by their institution), so long as the work is not subsequently re-published or re-circulated e.g. in an essay bank or as an e-thesis.
  • For use in a once-only presentation, lecture or talk to society, club or similar group.

In all the above cases, the source of the material should be clearly acknowledged as appropriate for the context. This would generally include the name of the website ( and the author (Peter Higginbotham). Advice on how to cite material from this website is given on a separate page.

As a matter of general principle, I do not offer the direct re-use of my material on other websites — this includes social media sites such as Facebook and Ancestry, blogs, pages on local and family history websites, and in local "community" magazines. In such cases, you are very welcome to include a link to a relevant page on my own website, e.g.

For more information on the history of children's homes see Peter Higginbotham's web site:

For a page about a particular place or topic, e.g. Industrial Schools, you could use the form

For people doing research on a particular, topic, I usually suggest that they treat this (or any other) website in the same way that they would a printed text-book, with facts and ideas then expressed in their own words, and the source credited appropriately. However, crediting my web site as the source does not automatically make it permissible to directly copy chunks of the content, either verbatim or with just a few words changed.

Commercial and publication use of most of my images (for things like books, articles, films, wall displays etc.) is normally handled by the Mary Evans Picture Library who will be pleased to advise you.

Copyright in some material included on this site is held by third parties who have given permission for its use. In the case of pictures this is normally indicated in a caption accompanying the image. If any material on this site inadvertently infringes copyright, please contact me. For material out of original copyright, images derived from archive items in my own collection benefit from a non-exclusive publication copyright under UK legislation.

If you have any queries relating to copyright issues or the reproduction of material from this site, please email me (