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Year 3/4 trip to the Science and Industry Museum by Karis

Year 3/4 trip to the Science and Industry Museum by Karis

Last Monday all year 3/4 classes went to the museum of Science and Industry. we all had a good day trip out of school. It was really good. We learnt lots. People were living on top of each other in squalid conditions. There was a severe lack of personal hygiene and they had no sewerage system. Rats were running wild. There was dead bodies in the streets. Food was left uncovered. There was no proper sanitation. Rats spread diseases. People were not as clean as they should of been and so any germs were passed on quickly.  All the houses in the slums were too close together so once one family got a disease it soon spread from house to house, or in some cases from room to room as several families could be living in one house. Contaminated water was the big problem. Children were expected to help towards the family budget. They often worked long hours in dangerous jobs and in difficult situations for a very little wage. There were the climbing boys employed by the chimney sweeps, the little children who could scramble under machinery to retrieve cotton bobbins, boys and girls working down the coal mines, crawling through tunnels too narrow and low for adults. Some children worked as errand boys, crossing sweepers, shoe blacks and they sold matches, flowers and other cheap goods. There was alot of homeless children and many children lived by stealing things. The mills provided independant income for girls and women. Child labour was used in the mills. The childrens jobs would be as piecers in mills using spinning mules, who had to lean over the machinery to tie broken threads together and scavengers had to crawl underneath the machinery, all whilst the machinery was still working. The children worked long hours in very bad conditions. Children as young as 5 years of age were employed in some of the mills. They worked 14-16 hours a day, with short breaks for meals. There was also alot of cruelty, with children being whipped and badly treated. Some of the children were deformed by the work as the long hours would make them tired and clumsy and there would be accidents as they were caught up in the machinery. Basically it was not safe for anyone. Families lied in Victorian Slums. They had to share a room with 8 or more people and they slept on the floor with rats and creatures. We learnt lots of amazing facts. We all had a really  good day and im really glad that i wasnt born in the olden days    from karis;”