A Day in the Life of a Young Sheffield Steel Worker

Travel: How I get to work

2000s:

"Well I used to come in on my pedal bike, obviously that wasn’t very nice and obviously it was in winter and I had to ride three or four miles just to get in. Now I'm coming in my very nice very dainty car and park basically wherever you want as long as you’re out of the way and you’re not going to get smacked by a truck."

1950s:

"This site then, held, eight thousand people, and when the day people came out who used to work half past seven to four it was like a football match turning out. This road here from, just here there used to be a pub at this corner, right down to the corner and right round the corner was a row of trams and a row of buses, and as I said, people used to charge out and go to respective buses."

Victorian times:

"When I asked how the workers get to work Mr. TB Hawksworth, steel manufacturer stated that ‘the work people live near or on the premises’ and Mr Alfred Ibbotson, steel manufacturer told me that ‘ file cutting work is generally done in the houses of the workers’."

Questions:


  • Which is the right image for each time period?
  • In which time period were the workers most likely to live on the  premises or nearby?
  • In which time period do you think buses and trams were most popular as a means of transport?
  • If you were a steel worker which type of transport would you prefer to use to get to work and why?



 
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