Children working in a coalmine, 1842.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 23cm x 32cm

Children working in a coalmine, 1842.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


Two illustrations from the Report of the Children's Employment Commission, 1842. The first image shows a girl and boy 'putting' a hutchie backwards along a tunnel. The second image shows a girl on all fours, dragging a slype along a lower tunnel. The report says that the children's exhaustion and tears are 'painful in the extreme to witness'.

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