Child Labour: Hidden Stories of Cumbria (18 May - 28 September 2019)

An exhibition that looks at the lives of children in the Victorian era and how they worked in Lake District industries.

Before the late 1700s children usually worked at home helping their parents with farming, wool production or knitting.

With the onset of the industrial revolution child labour moved into factories or large mines.

At the time 30% of the population of Cumberland and Westmorland were under 15 and there were few regular free schools for them to go to, they represented an almost unlimited source of cheap unskilled labour.
 
The exhibition will look at the shocking truth of how children worked and how that affected public and government opinion.

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