New Lanark and Summerlee
We are currently studying the play of Oliver Twist written by Charles Dickens. We were given the task to find out and write a blog about what New Lanark and Summerlee were like in the Victorian Era.
New Lanark was notorious for its mill factories in the 1800’s.The man behind the success was Robert Owen. Women and children over the age of 10 worked for about 10 and 3 quarter hours each day. Many large textile factories used children. When questioned about the age of the children working in the mills, Owen said ‘ I don’t employ children under the age of 10 because I believe it’s harmful to them and not beneficial to their owners’.
Robert Owen later sold the mills, land and the village for £60,000 which today equivalents to a lot more (3.5 million).
The Modern Day
Today, you can visit New Lanark and see the houses and mills. You can also go to the Annie Mcleod experience which shows you what life was like in the 19th century.
Summerlee was formerly one of Scotland’s most important ironworks. It was opened in 1836. This lead to Coatbridge becoming known as ‘The Iron Burgh’ of Scotland by the 1850’s. The furnaces went out in 1926. The museum you see today was initially opened in 1987.
Our Trip to Summerlee
Our class recently visited the Summerlee museum. First we looked around the museum and we got to see lots of things that made Summerlee so well known. We also got to go down into the mines, where workers spent most of their day. We also got to see what life was like in different periods of time, form the 1800’s to the 1980’s. Finally, we got to go on the tram which we all enjoyed.