|Day in the Life|
|Cooking & Cleaning|
|Heating & Lighting|
Work in the new factories was often unpleasant, noisy, dirty and dangerous, with rules and fines for the workers to obey but few regulations about their safety.
Throughout the 19th century a programme of social reform, begun by the Earl of Shaftesbury in 1830, gradually improved living and working conditions. Working hours were shortened, the age at which children could be employed was raised and factories were inspected regularly.