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Manchester - the Cradle of the Industrial Revolution

Published: 20.12.2012, Updated: 04.03.2017
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Steam Engine

Jeff currently works as a taxi driver in Manchester. As it turns out, he also teaches history at university level. In this interview he shares his knowledge about his main interest - the Industrial Revolution and how it all started in Manchester.

What ideas come to mind when you hear the word revolution? The word revolution is commonly used in a political context, here, however, it is used in combination with industry. What do you think are the reasons for using such a powerful word as revolution to define this historical event?

Jeff from ManchesterJeff, taxi driver and history teacher from Manchester
Fotograf: Morten Serkland
 Manchester LibraryManchester Library
Fotograf: Morten Serkland
 Manchester Railway StationManchester Railway Station
Fotograf: Morten Serkland

Ford AngliaFord Anglia from Manchester
Fotograf: Morten Serkland
Manchester - th Past Meets the PresentManchester - the Past Meets the Present
Fotograf: Morten Serkland

Before you start listening to the interview with Jeff, the taxi driver and history teacher, you should make sure that you are familiar with what the Industrial Revolution was and how it all started in Britain and Manchester. Due to its abundant coal reserves and its location by the river Mersey, the city soon became the hub of the Industrial Revolution.

The Industrial Revolution 


Manchester and The Industrial Revolution
Forfatter: Morten Serkland


Tasks and Activities



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Forfatter: Amendor


Listen to the interview. Copy the table into your text editor. What does Jeff tell you about the listed issues? Provide your key words and explanations in the link collection.


Textiles produced in the area                                                    
Sources of power 
Steam Engine 
Infant mortality 
Child labour 
Working conditions 
Show rooms 
Historical traces 
Global trade 

Present-day attitudes to local history





Look at the pictures. Choose one of the pictures and present its "story" in the class.



Use the information Jeff provides in the interview while working with this project about the Industrial Revolution and Child Labour.
Project Work: The Industrial Revolution


Find Out

If you would like to know more about modern Manchester, check out this: Manchester