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CLIP 147

Children Working in Textile Mills

Children Working in Textile Mills
Key Info
  • Children Working in Textile Mills
  • Duration: 02:01
  • This clip describes what life was like for children apprenticed in textile mills. Huge mills were built in the 18th and 19th centuries. To produce cotton and woollen cloth the mills needed a vast workforce, which included children. Children were apprenticed at nine and were given lodgings, food and one hour's schooling a week. Hours were long and the mills noisy, hot, dusty and dangerous places to work. Medical records reveal that accidents and disease were common. This clip has subtitles available in Flash.
  • Subject:



    Victorians: Child Labour

  • Keywords: factories, mills, machinery, apprentices, textiles, paupers, can tenters, piecers, indenture, diet, accidents, noise, dust, disease, subtitled
Ideas for use in class
  • Use this clip when looking at the type of work children did in Victorian times and the conditions in which they worked.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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