Geography Legacies is a defunct BBC web project from nearly ten years ago which attempted to capture local history through the stories of the people who live there. It lacks some context but nevertheless the content is well prepared and depthful and mostly by academics like this section about factory work in Lancashire:
"Throughout the period, a high proportion of factory workers were women (more than 60 per cent of the workforce at the end of the period) and children, many of whom were taken out of school at the earliest opportunity to boost the family's earning power. Women were heavily concentrated into weaving, the preparation of cotton for spinning in the dirty and dusty conditions of the cardroom, and ring spinning, a new technology which appeared in the 1880s. Especially unusual was the high proportion of married women, who formed more than one-third of the female labour force in certain weaving towns."
See also the Doomsday project...

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