What was life 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 an hour of schooling a week. Hours were long and the mills were noisy, hot, dusty and dangerous places to work. Medical records reveal that accidents and disease were common.

First broadcast:
29 February 2008

Students could create an illustrated job description of the textile mills. The description should describe the different jobs that child workers would be expected to carry out.