Real Oliver Twist - Child Labor in Britain

British orphans - real Oliver Twists - were as young as seven or eight when they were transported hundreds of miles away to work at various jobs. 

Working unbelievably long shifts - sometimes 14 to 15 hours a day - they were turned-into sources of free labor (although they were fed).

Professor Jane Humphries - a fellow of All Souls College and Professor of Economic History at Oxford University - is an expert on child labor during Britain's Industrial Revolution.

In this clip of her documentary - "The Children Who Built Victorian Britain" - she relates the sad story of working children through interviews they left behind. 

Media Credits

Clip from "The Children Who Built Victorian Britain," copyright BBC, all rights reserved.  Clip online via the BBC Channel at YouTube.  Clip provided here as fair use for educational purposes and to acquaint new viewers with the program.

Jane Humphries

Julian Carey

Julian Carey

Executive Producer:
Christina Macauley


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