Teachers' Notes

This resource provides an insight into how work life in the Sheffield steel industry has changed since Victorian times.

Short audio responses from steel workers and 'Little Mesters' and spoken extracts from the White Report of 1865, are accompanied by a quiz and related questions and quotes for classroom discussion.

The resource investigates perceived traditions within the steel community such as changes in work wear, conditions, training and what people spend their first pay packet on. It can be used by schools to investigate ‘changes’ using snapshots from three eras – Victorian times, the 1950s and the 2000s.



  • Changes within living memory
  • Events beyond living memory that are siginificant nationally or globally
  • Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality



  • A local history study
  • A study of an aspect or theme in British history after 1066



  • A local history study
  • Ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain, 1745-1901
  • Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day

Generic Learning Outcomes:

  • Knowledge and Understanding: Learning facts or information, how museums work and deepening understanding
  • Skills: Intellectual (thinking and making judgements), Communication (writing, speaking, drama), Information Management (locating and using information)
  • Action, Behaviour, Progression: What people do and have done
  • Attitudes and Values: Opinions and attitudes towards people and organisations