A look at child labour in Victorian times. Back in the early 19th century, child labour was common, with children as young as five years old working up to six days a week under ground. The clip includes a disturbing diary extract from a small child who was injured in the mines.
Before watching the clip, students could discuss the work opportunities available to children today and why coal mining is no longer an option for children in Britain. Given the evidence of the young boy who was severely injured while working in the mines, students could air their opinions on the Royal Commission's decision to improve child labour laws in 1842. Pupils could also explore the reasons behind child labour during the Industrial Revolution.