Working conditions at the ironworks
This task is based on using historical written sources from the period to learn more about the working conditions at the ironworks.
Follow the instructions given in the activity:
Many children were injured or killed as a result of working in coal levels, bell pits or around ironworks. What were the possible dangers to young people working at the ironworks?
After reading the extracts from the Commissioners’ report discuss the source provided. How can the report help us to find out about daily life at the time? Are these reports useful? Can they be taken as a true representation?
Complete this task by discussing the outcome of the Commissioners’ Report; how Lord Shaftesbury campaigned for the 1842 Mines Act and what had changed in Wales by 1901.
Do young children continue to work today?