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 Please note that some images/videos used to make this video depict mines outside of the Black Country for illustrative purposes.


It's estimated that in the 1900s, around 75% of Black Country children were living within families that    were  barely making enough to eat


Since the 18th century, new ideas about children and how they should be treated became the topic of debate and several laws were introduced to protect young children. While progress was made, in many industrialised working class areas, such as the Black Country, change was slow. Many children were expected to take on responsibilities and contribute from a young age, and poverty was rife. Find out just how different children's lives would have been and delve deeper into the lives of some of the children who lived (and worked) in some of our houses.


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