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 It will do him more good than going to school”: Child labour in nineteenth-century Oxfordshire

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It will do him more good than going to school”: Child labour in nineteenth-century Oxfordshire

Tuesday, 24 September 2019 - 2:30pm

Liz Woolley is a noted local historian who has researched extensively in social history. She is going to tell us about child labour; the image commonly evoked by the phrase ‘child labour’ is one of young children toiling in the grimy factories and mines of the Midlands and the North. Yet in rural counties like Oxfordshire, child labour was as much a feature of everyday life in the nineteenth century as in industrialised areas. This hour-long illustrated talk tells the story of our county’s child workers, many of whom started work part-time at the age of six or seven, working in agriculture, in domestic service and in lace-making, gloving and in a host of other small-scale occupations. The talk highlights the differences between girls’ and boys’ experiences of work, and the particular fates of pauper apprentices.

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