Dangerous: Child chimney sweeps often had to crawl through holes only 18in wide - and cruel masters would light fires to make them climb faster. Many fell to their deaths

Britain's child slaves: They started at 4am, lived off acorns and had nails put through their ears for shoddy work. Yet, says a new book, their misery helped forge Britain

Chimney sweep, before child labor laws outlawed the work of such young children. The men and women who worked tirelessly to pass the child labor laws allowed these children a chance to go to school.

The first public statue of a black woman in England, Bronze Woman was the brainchild of a black woman: Guyanese poet and local resident Cécile Nobrega.  Based on and named after her own poem, Bronze Woman took 10 years of planning, fundraising and determination by Nobrega and other groups and individuals who wanted to mark the struggles faced by Afro-Caribbean women, as well as their contribution to society.

The first public statue of a black woman in England, Bronze Woman was the brainchild of a black woman: Guyanese poet and local resident Cécile Nobrega. Based on and named after her own poem, Bronze Woman took 10 years of planning, fundraising and determi

Britain’s Biggest Secret - The Black Victorians. Who were the Black Victorians? Mainstream history has virtually erased them from our minds and history books. We have been filled with images of slavery in America and across the world, but why is it that this chapter in black history was skipped? Why isn’t it equally common knowledge that in the midst of all of that darkness there was light, also. Never before seen photos were uncovered, giving us over 200 images of glances into our past.

Britain’s Biggest Secret - The Black Victorians. Who were the Black Victorians? Never before seen photos were uncovered, giving us over 200 images of glances into our past.

Impoverished: Children who worked were subject to appalling conditions. Many who worked died before they reached 25.

Britain's child slaves: They started at 4am, lived off acorns and had nails put through their ears for shoddy work. Yet, says a new book, their misery helped forge Britain

Britain's child slaves: They started at lived off acorns and had nails put through their ears for shoddy work. - Childhood and Child Labour in The British Industrial Revolution by Professor Jane Humphries

Children worked in inhumane conditions. Because of these conditions, nerve strain and eyestrain were common for young textile workers.

The Victorian Era Society Facts:Upper Class,Middle Class,Working Class,Child Labour,Women's Role

Robertson's Jam Golliwog brooches:  Many white people think these images benign, many black on the other hand do not. Personally I don't like them and believe they have a history steeped in racism.

Collecting Robertson's Jam Golliwog brooches My Grand father Bob Russell was a lorie driver for this company .

The Working Lads Institute (now the Whitechapel Mission) founded by Rev Thomas Jackson, was the first shelter in London to offer refuge to black soldiers during World War One.

"Brave men all, working outside of the expected." KB The Working Lads Institute (now the Whitechapel Mission) founded by Rev Thomas Jackson, was the first shelter in London to offer refuge to black soldiers during World War One.

Dead End Street: The Spitalfields Nippers growing up in one the most deprived and dangerous areas of London

The Spitalfields Nippers growing up in one the most deprived and dangerous areas of London Photograph: Horace Warner

Poverty in Liverpool- Hurts to see it

Poverty in Liverpool- Hurts to see it & people bitch & moan today!

Irish Slaves - who knew?

I've always known Someone had To Pay for Me to be Here. Blacks/French/Irish/Native Americans/My People when the Spaniards Conquered but I'm part Spaniard.

White Slavery - The Slaves That Time Forgot

They came as slaves; vast human cargo transported on tall British ships bound for the Americas . They were shipped by the hundreds of thousa.

16. Many of the West Indian men were also employed as Bus Drivers in Birmingham during the 1950s & 60s. Photographs were taken at Ernest Dyche's studio and sent back home to the West Indies to show their families back there, that they were doing 'OK': photographer Ernest Dyche (Click on the photo and go to the link to read more).

Many of the West Indian men were also employed as Bus Drivers in Birmingham…

Doorstep conversation, Brent | Nick Hedges 1969...the days of talking over the garden fence...sadly gone.

From 1969 to photographer Nick Hedges took pictures of life in London, England.

Children from an old Victorian workhouse on a day out next to the Steble fountain, Liverpool

Flashback: Secrets of Merseyside’s workhouses

Flashback: Secrets of Merseyside’s workhouses, children from workhouses on a day out at the Steble fountain, Liverpool

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