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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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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19th century prison ships

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

All Work and No Play

What does this document reveal about work in the past?
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Bussa’s rebellion

How and why did the enslaved Africans of Barbados rebel in 1816?
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Criminal petitions

What do they reveal about the justice system?
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Dr James Barry

Why was he significant in 19th century medicine?
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Foundling Hospital

What were conditions like for children in the care of the Foundling Hospital?
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French Revolution

How did the British react to July 1789?
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From Outbreak to Archive: Tales of Public Health

What do the documents reveal about how government and society dealt with public health in the past?
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Mental Health on Record

What do the documents reveal about the understanding of mental health in the past?
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Rebels in the records

What can we learn from documents that show how people ‘rebelled’ in the past?
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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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The Search for ‘Terra Australis’

What did Captain Cook’s secret mission involve?
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Travel smart through time (SEND)

How and why have people travelled around in the past and how have they done it safely?
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Victorian Health Reform

How did the Victorians view compulsory vaccination?