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Hazards! Revisited

Hazards! Revisited

An opportunity to see a past exhibition redisplayed

19 July 2013 — 30 July 2013

Hazards Revisited

In the past ordinary people had little protection against work-related hazards such as industrial disease, accidents and poor working conditions.  Around 200 years ago men, women and children risked their health working in the new factories, trades, canals and railways of the Industrial Revolution.  Governments and employers showed little concern for industrial health.  Some Friendly Societies provided accident funds but most accepted hazards were an inevitable part of working life.

In the 1830s campaigners began to demand limits on child labour and better protection for all workers.  Over the next 170 years governments gradually limited hours, provided industrial inspectors, introduced compensation and banned child labour.  New research improved the prevention and treatment of industrial disease.  Today workers still suffer the legacy of earlier industrial diseases, such as asbestos-related cancers, and are at risk from new hazards.  Occupational illnesses common in Britain in the past are now found among workers in developing countries.

This redisplay of a past exhibition coincides with the 24th International Congress for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at the Universtiy of Manchester.

The Community Gallery space is where local groups can display their own work. We try to make these displays relevant to the story told in the museum where possible.  If you are interested in exhibiting, contact exhibitions@phm.org.uk