Children of the Revolution

Produced by Newport City Council and Amgueddfa Cymru


It is 1842. Industry is growing and growing and Britain is becoming tremendously rich. Many of the working people of Britain, however, seem to be constantly poor, hungry and ill. Some Members of Parliament are very worried about this, and Queen Victoria has ordered a special inquiry to discover why her people are suffering so much.

Your Mission

You are a special inspector, sent to Blaenavon to find out what it is really like to live and work in a new industrial town. You will investigate the four aspects of life described in the tasks below, and gather evidence for a report back to the Queen. In this report you should describe what you have learned and suggest what you think should be done to improve the lives of working people.


The tasks will cover:

You should investigate these tasks in the above order and then attempt your final report.

Good Luck!