This 1843 report, The Physical and Moral Condition of the Children and Young Persons employed in Mines and Manufactures, is an off-shoot publication from the official Report of the Children’s Employment Commission of 1842.
The official report investigated the state of children working in mines and factories in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and is one of the most important documents in British industrial history. Comprising thousands of pages of oral testimony (sometimes from children as young as five), the report’s findings shocked society and swiftly led to legislation to secure minimum safety standards in mines and factories, as well as general controls on the employment of children.
- Full title:
- The Physical and Moral Condition of the Children and Young Persons employed in Mines and Manufactures Illustrated by extracts from the reports of the Commissioners for inquiring into the employment of children and young persons in mines and collieries, etc
- 1843, London
- Book / Report / Illustration / Image
- Usage terms
- Public Domain
- Held by
- British Library
- Article by:
- George Norton
- Romanticism, London, Poverty and the working classes
George Norton shows how William Blake’s Chimney Sweeper poems highlight the injustice and brutality suffered by child chimney sweeps in the late 18th and 19th centuries.
- Article by:
- Simon Avery
- Victorian poetry, Power and politics
From industrialisation to slavery, Dr Simon Avery looks at the 19th century social and political issues that fed into Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s poetry.
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