Dr Paul Carter is the Principal Records Specialist (Modern Domestic Records) at The National Archives (TNA). His research interests and publications record centres on the history of welfare, poverty and the poor laws. He was the Project Director for TNA’s `Living the Poor Life' project and for the British Association for Local History’s Pauper Prisons.. Pauper Palaces (the Midlands) project. He was also a research fellow at the University of Nottingham focusing on poverty in Southwell and wider Nottinghamshire.
He currently holds a Wellcome award which centres on the nineteenth century correspondence of the General Board of Health. He is working on research proposals with the Universities of Leicester and Nottingham to examine a large collection of pauper letters punishments inflicted on workhouse pauper inmates.