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are prints of young persons included in Lord Ashley's report on children
in mining from 1842. Although children under ten and all women and girls
were banned from working underground as a result of the report, boys over
ten continued to be used underground. The conditions shown in the drawings
would still have existed during the time of the Great Exhibition.
They show how young persons were used to move the coal to the surface.
(Catalogue ref: ZHC 2/79)
These are witness excerpts from the report. They are interviews with young people working in the mines. Read then and think about how different children's lives were in the 19th century.