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CLIP 11085

A working day in the 19th century

A working day in the 19th century
Key Info
  • A working day in the 19th century
  • Duration: 01:55
  • The work and wage experiences of a woman called Hannah Mitchell, a worker in the 19th century. Initially she is a domestic servant who finds a position as a dress-maker's assistant. She reveals how she can work from 12-14 hours a day and details the working experiences of others who work without a day off or an early finish for a whole week. She discusses the factory acts and how their protection for workers was in the wording and rarely in the action.
  • Subject:



    The Industrial Revolution

  • Keywords: Factory Acts, unions, Hannah Mitchell, working day, dress-maker
Ideas for use in class
  • Students to use the clip to understand what the working week entailed. To list down the examples of other workers she mentions. To compare Hannah Mitchell's experience with that today to understand the extent of change.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 4x3

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