Coal Mining and the Victorians
In old money:
20 shillings = 1 pound (£1)
or 240 pence = 1 pound
In today’s money:
100p = £1
£1 = 240d (old pence)
1p = 2.4d
5p = 1s
Suggested Activities for this Resource:
- What does this list of expenses tell you about each family?
- What expenses do these mining families have that your family does not?
- What do you notice about the cost for the house?
- Use the money converter at the National Archives website (see Related Links below) to work out how much the items bought by mining families would cost now.
- Create some money word problems using items on the expenses list. Swap your problems with someone else in your class.
- Find out what your family typically spends in a week. How does this compare with the expenses of a mining family?
- What do you think would have happened to a family’s earnings if the father became sick or was seriously injured and unable to work?