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The Children Who Built Victorian Britain

The catalyst to Britain's Industrial Revolution was the slave labour of orphans and destitute children. In this shocking and moving account of their exploitation and eventual emancipation, Professor Jane Humphries uses the actual words of these child workers (recorded in diaries, interviews and letters) to let them tell their own story. She also uses groundbreaking animation to bring to life a world where 12-year-olds went to war at Trafalgar and six-year-olds worked the fields as human scarecrows.

1 hour

Last on

Wed 10 Aug 2011 22:30


Role Contributor
ProducerJulian Carey
DirectorJulian Carey
Executive ProducerChristina Macauley