Throughout the first term we’ve analyzed all the factors that led to the development of the first industrial revolution and it’s impact.
Make 3/4 questions to your interviewee. Provide the answers to your questions. Make sure your questions are a reflection of the times, the political, social and economic context as well as a clear example of the character that is being interviewed.
Get together with those in your same area: Inventions – The Art – Society.
Together with those in your same area, prepare an opinion panel on ONE of the following:
- The role of women.
- Changes in health.
- Working conditions.
- The Arts.
Make a jingle to use as a separation between the two parts of the radio programme. Make sure your jingle is on a topic related to the times of the Industrial Revolution.
I first worked with Victoria Quiroga and did an interview to the historical chracter we had previously chosen: Elizabeth Fry. In the interview we asked her several questions related to all the progress she had made in order to improve the conditions of British prisons and reform prisoners.
- What were your concerns about the treatment prisoners received? Tell us about your book…
When I visited Newgate prison in London, I was horrified by the conditions they lived in. The women section was overcrowded with women and children, some of whom hadn’t received a trial. They did the cooking and washing in small cells in which they slept on straw.
Moreover, I started thinking there was a need for a change in the way prisoners were being transported. Women of Newgate Prison were taken through the streets of London in open carts, often in chains, huddled together with their few possessions. They were pelted with rotten food and filth by the people of the city.
I wrote a book known as ”Prisons in Scotland and the North of England” in order to transmit my testimony and my experience when visiting prisons not only in England but all over Europe and invited the nobility to experience what my eyes have seen.
2. Some people have criticized the fact that you were not following the “the role of women” you were supposed to. What would you say to those people out there?
First of all, I don’t believe in the stereotype women are forced to follow. Just think about it. Why would I stay home waiting for my husband to return from work when I could be out there helping people who need it the most? Of course, I love my eleven children and my husband but I also love my work and the changes I am producing in society. So please, reconsider your stereotype of women because every one of you ladies should do what you love no matter what other people think.
3. Wait a minute, I’ve heard that you established an early shelter for homeless people in London. Is that true? I think it is awesome, could you tell us some details about this project?
After seeing the body of a young boy in the winter of 1820 I decided I needed to do something about this terrible situation by helping the homeless. That’s why I organized a visit to Brighton where I instituted the Brighton district visiting society. This society is arranged for volunteers to visit the homes of those poor people and provide them with help and comfort. The plan was so successful that it expanded all over Britain. I am so glad people are joining me on this project because together we are making progress.