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An Introduction to the Industrial Revolution in Britain Online Course

For Family and Social Historians

This online course comprises of five consecutive sessions and is designed especially for family and social historians. 

The Industrial Revolution in Britain changed the world forever, but why did it occur in Britain first? In this course, we examine why the Industrial Revolution happened in Britain, and whether it really was a “Revolution”. We will look at some of the individuals and inventions who made the Industrial Revolution. We examine how life was experienced by the factory workers and the impact upon their health. Session four looks at how the Trades Unions began and how the first welfare systems started (and how to find evidence of them). Alongside this, we will consider the experiences of women in the workplace and how this changed over time. Finally, in week five, we explore how the Industrial Revolution can be researched by family historians. And how we can trace and better understand how our ancestors lived and worked during this period of great change.

Course sessions are: Fridays June 18th & 25th, July 2nd, 9th & 16th 

All sessions run: 2 – 3.45pm.  

About Berkshire Family History Society

This course is organised by Berkshire Family History Society, a registered charity number 283010.