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Workhouse jobs for children (drama)
Charles Dickens presents a topical chat show about workhouses in Victorian times. We hear from a cotton mill owner about the benefits of employing young children in this dangerous work. He talks about his morning routine and the noise levels in the factory. We see the types of jobs the boys do as well as hearing about the risk of injury involved in working near the machines. We also get to look at the houses that Mr Dugdale supplies for the family's working at the factory. First broadcast on the Learning Zone on BBC2 in March 2012 as part of the programme The Charles Dickens Show.
Discuss: Should children work or go to school? Which Victorian laws improved the lives of children? Find out about changes to the law. Who wanted the laws to be changed? Research Victorian schools and compare to modern times. Were schools always free for all children? Profile important people in the story of child labour such as the life and works of Lord Shaftesbury.
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