Richard Oastler, Margaret Macmillan and William Edward Forster were important local figures who fought to reform the textile industry and improve conditions for child workers in the mills.
There were many other Acts which improved conditions in the mill. Legislation covered working hours, workplace safety and the provision of education. After 1837, birth certificates were required to prove children were old enough for work, and an Act of 1874 allowed children to be ‘half-timers’ meaning that they worked part time and went to school when they weren’t at the mill. Annie Galloway’s Labour certificate for partial exemption is pictured.