Archaeologists excavating the St. Pancras Workhouse in London have uncovered artifacts and evidence that suggest the workhouse was originally intended to be a place of comfort and care, contrary to its grim reputation. Discoveries include brightly colored walls, fireplaces, and plates with the image of St. Pancras, the patron saint of children, jobs, and health. The excavation also revealed well-preserved walls coated in vibrant blue plaster, suggesting that residents did not live in grim conditions. The workhouse, which opened in 1809, housed nearly 2,000 people by the 1850s and inspired Charles Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist. The site is set to become an eye care center called Oriel.