Empire and Industry 1750-1850

The face of Britain is transformed by the industrial revolution but our documents show as many protests as patents. As the British Empire expands so our records grow to cover the furthest corners of the globe.

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19th century prison ships

What do these documents reveal about attitudes to crime and punishment?
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1833 Factory Act

Did it solve the problems of children in factories?
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1834 Poor Law

What did people think of the new Poor Law?
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Bussa’s rebellion

How and why did the enslaved Africans of Barbados rebel in 1816?
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Children in the mines

Can you help the commissioner gather evidence on life in the mines?
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Cholera: kill or cure

How did the government respond to the spread of the disease in the 1830s?
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French Revolution

How did the British react to July 1789?
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Selling the Victorians

Victorians for sale! Has advertising changed from Victorian times?
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Slavery

How did the Abolition Acts of 1807 and 1833 affect the slave trade?
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This Evil Trade: Olaudah Equiano and abolition

Can you find evidence that will support Equiano's argument for abolition?