Empire and Industry 1750-1850

Find out about the impact of the Industrial Revolution and how living and working conditions changed for many in Britain. Political protest and crime and punishment are key themes in our resources for this period.

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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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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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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?