The Industrial Revolution

Here we invite you to focus one aspect of the industrial revolution, and to try to see what part it played in the whole series of changes going on in technology, in the economy and in society.

Bank of furnaces, Lymington Iron Works, England, 1835 Bank of furnaces, Lymington Iron Works, England, 1835

Task

Choose one aspect of the industrial revolution from the following list, then use the links to make a five-minute lecture on the aspect you choose.

  1. The growth of towns and cities and the impact on public health
  2. Improvements in public health and medicine
  3. How steam engines allowed factories to be built in new places
  4. Canal transport
  5. Railway transport
  6. The production of iron and steel
  7. New work patterns
  8. Children at work
  9. Reforming bad working conditions
  10. Newspapers and novels: their role as the conscience of the nation
  11. The growth of trade unions