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Audio accounts of young steel workers

2007:

Listen to an account from an apprentice at Sheffield Forgemasters steel company in 2007.  There are more audio files on the resources page of this learning story.

 

In the 1950s:

Hear the audio from a discussion with a group of 'Little Mesters' and Sheffield steel workers who were based at Tinsley Wire steel company in the 1950s.


In Victorian times:

You can listen to the audio accounts of Mr J E White after inspecting cutlery factories in Sheffield in 1865 and it is accompanied by a audio transcription. The report highlights the poor conditions and hard work life of the young workers.

During Victorian times Sheffield became a world centre for steel production and a large percentage of the Sheffield workforce was employed in the steel and cutlery industries.