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CLIP 148

The Earl of Shaftesbury

The Earl of Shaftesbury
Key Info
  • The Earl of Shaftesbury
  • Duration: 00:35
  • This clip shows a sketch of the social reformer - later Earl of Shaftesbury - visiting a mine in the Midlands to see what conditions were like for the children working there. Shaftesbury's subsequent report shocked people, who had not realised that women and children worked in the mines. Shaftesbury felt it was his Christian duty to help working people. He pushed laws through Parliament that gradually brought about better working conditions for children. This clip has subtitles available in Flash.
  • Subject:



    Famous People

  • Keywords: mines, reformer, conditions, Shaftesbury, laws, Parliament, subtitled
Ideas for use in class
  • Use this clip to study what life was like for a poor child in Victorian Britain.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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