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Sunday, 18 January 2009

Stolen Childhoods Talk

I’ll be giving a talk to the Gaskell Society at 1pm on 10 February at the Cross St Chapel, Manchester. During late Georgian and Victorian times, children worked long hours in many different industries: coal, cotton, glass and metal trades. I’ll be looking at their daily lives and working conditions. If you are attending the talk and have bought my book Narrow Windows, Narrow Lives, if you bring your copy I’ll sign it after the meeting has finished.

Image: Calico Printing, 1840s. Pictorial History of the County of Lancashire, 1844. Child workers in the roller printing works (illustrated here) were usually about ten years old; this little girl is probably helping her father rather than working full time.

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