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Children of the Revolution

Big Pit National Coal Museum

It is 1842. Industry is growing and growing and Britain is becoming tremendously rich. Many of the working people of Britain, however, seem to be constantly poor, hungry and ill. Some Members of Parliament are very worried about this, and Queen Victoria has ordered a special inquiry to discover why her people are suffering so much.

You are a special inspector, sent to Blaenavon to find out what it is really like to live and work in a new industrial town. You will investigate the four aspects of life described in the tasks below, and gather evidence for a report back to the Queen. In this report you should describe what you have learned and suggest what you think should be done to improve the lives of working people.

Petrology [Rock Collection]
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Coity Tip

Big Pit National Coal Museum

Coal was mined at Big Pit for over 100 years. As the coal was dug out, tons of ‘spoil’ or waste was brought to the surface and tips like this were formed. In mining areas, the environment paid a harsh price for powering the nation.

PowerPoint Tips
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Geiriau Glo (Welsh only)

Big Pit National Coal Museum
Geiriau Glo

Pecyn adnoddau i diwtoriaid Cymraeg ei ddefnyddio yn Big Pit: Amgueddfa Loafol Cymru.

Mae Geiriau Glo yn adnodd rhyngweithiol sy’n cynnig cyfle i diwtoriaid a dysgwyr i ddysgu, datblygu a gloywi iaith trwy fanteisio ar holl adnoddau Big Pit.

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Blaenafon, Torfaen
Open daily 9.30am-5pm. Last admission 4pm. Underground Tours 10am-3.30pm.

Phone:
(029) 2057 3650

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