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Victorian Factory Life by Trevor May

Victorian Factory Life

Part of the Shire Library Series


Victorian Factory Life by Trevor May

Victorian Factory Life explores the lives of the men, women and children who toiled in the factories of Victorian Britain, manufacturing everything from hats, cloth and dinner-plates to beer and locomotives. It was a grim and often perilous existence of long hours, of meager pay and of exhausting labour and one into which many children were plunged at a young age. Generously illustrated with old photographs, artwork and pieces of ephemera, this book is a powerful evocation of the social iniquities that enabled the prodigious growth of British industry, a historical account of the great injustices with which many are familiar only through the works of Charles Dickens.

About the Author

Trevor May was educated at the universities of London and Exeter and is now a professional historian, writer and educator. He has written over a dozen books on social and economic history topics, including books in the Shire Library series.

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Publication date

18th May 2011


Trevor May

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Shire Publications an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


56 pages


Manufacturing industries
Social & cultural history



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