The Industrial Revolution brought about many changes to how people worked, which impacted how those same people lived. More and more people moved away from rural areas to the cities in search of work, and the lack of legal protections meant many people lived in poverty and filth. But the Industrial Revolution also brought people more opportunity to buy consumer goods or take part in leisure activities. To learn more about the living conditions during this time, read through the resources provided below.
This website contains a brief description of some of the living conditions experienced by people during the Industrial Revolution and the health effects of these conditions. It includes a photo album with a number of primary source photographs and illustrations.
This article from History Crunch looks at how the Industrial Revolution impacted the standard or living for British people, and what the living conditions in industrial towns were like.
Conditions varied from the splendor and opulence of the homes of the wealthy to the squalor of the lives of the workers. The Industrial Age saw new homes for the rich mimicking stately homes, whilst those for the poor were often ramshackle, dirty slum dwellings. This article describes the different kinds of homes available during the Industrial Revolution.
This article looks at the impact that the Industrial Revolution had on the standards of living for poor and middle classes in Europe. It examines why different historians have different opinions on the living conditions of the time period, and includes a resource list for further reading.
With a clear distinction drawn between upper, middle and working classes, life in the Industrial Era varied according to who you were and where you lived. This website from the BBC looks at different aspects of everyday life from health to housing to entertainment. It includes lots of dot point summaries and images.
One important impact of the industrial revolution (such as the use of coal, iron, and steam) was rapid urbanization, as new and expanding industry caused villages and towns to swell, sometimes into vast cities. As a result, these towns became hotbeds of disease and depredation, prompting a debate in Britain about public health. This article looks at how poor living conditions impacted the health of people during the Industrial Revolution.