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Manufactures before the Industrial Revolution

Recent research on the population of England and Wales suggests that the country was more industrial during the early modern period than previously thought. By 1700, around 37% of men worked in manufactures such as textiles, building and construction, clothing and footwear, iron and steel, and an increasing range of new consumer goods.

Women and children also played a key part in production, much of which took place in the home. We investigate this lesser-known period of British history before the Industrial Revolution, looking at the growing range of British manufactures, and how production was organised before the factory era. What factors created an ‘industrious revolution’ which impelled men, women and children to work harder, and what impact did these changes have on family living standards and population growth?

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2019-01-30 11:17
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Document Week 1, Introduction and key issues

Slides for Week 1, Manufactures before the Industrial Revolution

Frances Richardson
Document Week 2, proto-industrialization

Course slides on The organisation of pre-industrial manufactures - proto-industrialization

Frances Richardson
Document Week 3, The woollen and worsted industries up to 1780

Slides from Week 3

Frances Richardson
Document Week 4A, The growth of cotton

Slides from week 4A

Frances Richardson
Document Week 4B, The woollen and worsted industries after 1780

Slides from Week 4B

Frances Richardson
Document Week 5, The hosiery industry

Slides from Week 5

Frances Richardson
Document Week 6, Leather and leather manufactures

Week 6 slides

Frances Richardson
Document Week 7 slides, Metal industries

Week 7 slides, Metal industries

Frances Richardson
Document Week 8 slides, Fashion industries

Week 8 slides, Fashion industries

Frances Richardson
Document Week 9 slides, Impact on population

Week 9 slides, Impact on population

Frances Richardson
Document Week 10, Social impact of hand manufactures decline

Slides from Week 10

Frances Richardson