Children in the mines

Childrens Employment Commission (Mines)  (ZHC 2/79)
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Can you help the commissioner gather evidence on life in the mines?

This videoconference introduces pupils to a member of the government’s Employment Commission of 1842 (played by a costumed interpreter).

As part of the enquiry into how children were treated in the mines, pupils will play the role of Victorian children and will be questioned by the Commissioner about their experiences.

A pack of preparation materials will be sent to the teacher in advance of the session, including copies of interviews taken with children by the real Employment Commission in 1842, and guidance on how to prepare pupils for the session.

This session is delivered as a videoconference. Find out more about the types of session we offer.

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This session is delivered as a:


in your classroom

1 hour

Available: Dates to be confirmed

Cost: Free to UK schools

Suitability: Key stage 2

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