Coming Soon: A Biographical Database of the Lives of Workhouse Inmates

Discover the stories of inmates found living in the Guildford Union Workhouse during the 1881 census

About Us

Spike Lives is a heritage research project that chronicles the lives of inmates found living in the Guildford Union Workhouse during the 1881 census. Spike Lives continues the work of the More than Oliver Twist project – which researched the lives of hundreds of workhouse inmates from across six workhouse sites.