Course overview

The course examines the social history of working class employment in London in the nineteenth century, its changing nature as new technologies emerged, and its working conditions. The course looks at a variety of jobs and makes connections to family history. The views of employers, trade unions and commentators will be discussed.

Course description

The world of the ‘labouring classes’ in London in the nineteenth century will be examined through the lens of a range of writers from the period, such as Henry Mayhew, Annie Besant, Charles Booth, Elizabeth Gaskell and William Morris.

The course will range across a variety of employments, from the street sellers to the shop workers, from the navvies to the dockers, from domestic service to shop work, from the factory to the sweat shop. The course will also examine how employment was affected by developments in education, transport, trade unionism and Parliamentary representation.

The course will discuss and compare nineteenth century attitudes to work with present day attitudes - the foundations of the modern world of work were laid during the industrial revolution of the nineteenth century.

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