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Westcourt iCentre: History - Industrial Revolution

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Source Analysis

Analysing sources of information is an important history skill.

You should ask yourself these questions about each of your sources

  • What type of resource?
  • Who is the Creator?
  • When was the source created?
  • ​Who is the Audience?
  • What is the Purpose?
  • Whose Perspective?
  • Is there Bias?
  • Can you Corroborate?
  • Are there any Contradictions?


Our Digital Video library has many resources for you to view about the Industrial Revolution

Industrial Revolution Overview

Innovations in textiles, transport and power

Economic and Social impacts of the Industrial Revolution

Working conditions and child labour

The catalyst to Britain's Industrial Revolution was the slave labour of orphans and destitute children. In this shocking and moving account of their exploitation and eventual emancipation, Jane Humphries, Professor of Economic History at Oxford University uses the actual words of these child workers (recorded in diaries, interviews and letters) to let them tell their own story.

Child labor was a common feature in industrial societies as children as young as four years old were often employed in the factories and mines that developed during the time. This was particularly true in Britain, where the Industrial Revolution first began in the 1700s