The families enter the miners' cottages for the first time. They focus on the lack of amenities, eg no bath, kitchen or running water. The clip shows the conditions in average miners' houses, and the space problems encountered by large families in 1927 due to the small size of the houses.

Students could explore how life in a typical coal miner's cottage in 1927 was different from today. Students could devise a table to show the main differences between the two lifestyles. They could then decide what aspects of living in the miners' cottages would be particularly difficult and suggest how people coped with the hardships.