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CLIP 12076

Sarah Carpenter, a child labourer describes how victorian children were treated in the workhouse.

Sarah Carpenter, a child labourer describes how victorian children were treated in the workhouse.
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Key Info
  • Sarah Carpenter, a child labourer describes how victorian children were treated in the workhouse.
  • Duration: 01:07
  • Newport Animation School student brings to life the sad tale of Sarah carpenter. Sarah’s story was recorded by a journalist called Joseph Rayner Stephens and published in the Ashton Chronicle in 1849. Her older brother had been taken to a factory and it took Sarah and her mother two years to track him down, only for the little girl to end up in the same workplace. In the ten years she lived and worked there she witnessed horrific cruelty (even seeing one girl being beaten to death by a master). She only got out when her brother finished his paupers apprentice contract. Not wanting to leave Sarah there alone, he returned and stole her away. However the beatings, work and starvation rations had made her a feeble wreck. This clip from ‘The Children Who Built Victorian Britain’ was first broadcast on BBC Four: bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00t6t3r on 28 January 2011. Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:

    History

       Topic:

    Victorians: Child Labour

  • Keywords: victorian, workhouse, children, child labour,Sarah Carpenter, animation, starvation,factory
Ideas for use in class
  • Can the children research on the internet any other recounts of Victorian life in a workhouse? How reliable are these recounts likely to be? Children research the Work and Children’s Act of the 1800 and 1900s. Children write their own recount of life in a Victorian workhouse.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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