What life was like for children who worked in the mines during the Industrial Revolution. Huge amounts of coal were needed and children as young as five worked at jobs that were dangerous and exhausting. Trappers kept the airflow going which stopped the build-up of dangerous gases. Drawers dragged truckloads of coal to the surface. Older children operated the mine shaft pulleys. Pay and working conditions were poor and life expectancy short.
This clip could be used to illustrate what life was like for a poor child in the 1840s. Students could create a poster campaigning against child labour in the mines. They could include some of the dangerous working conditions and low life expectancy.