Ever wondered how your ancestors earned a living a hundred years ago?

Throughout this five part series, Nick Hancock and assorted experts will help to flesh out the jobs of yesteryear that have long since disappeared, and tell us what your ancestors career opportunities would have been like.

The five programmes will look at five geographical areas of the UK.


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01The Midlands20041108The Staffordshire potteries were proud of their traditional skills and regarded mechanisation as unnecessary, and provide a wealth of fascinating job names.
We also find out about the jobs provided by mineral quarrying and mining in the area through members of the local family history society, and take a look at the hosiery industry of the East Midlands, that took it out of the local parishes and home workers and into the factory.
02Lancashire And Yorkshire20041109Over 85% of the workforce in cotton mills in England and Wales lived in Lancashire.
It employed more women than men.
In neighbouring Yorkshire the wool and worsted industry also employed more women than men.
We link up with the local family history societies to find out more about their great grandmothers' working day.
03East End Of London20041110Traditionally this is the area where immigrants settled, their skills in a large number of professions shaped a very diverse job market and this area is unique in that skilled craftsmen lived next door to unskilled workers.
A glimpse of a census page reveals in one house a silk weaver, cabinet maker, ivory turner, book binder, dock labourer, boot maker, costermonger and shoe black, paper stainer, paper marbler, tram car driver and lamp lighter.
04East Anglia20041111Farming for many counties was still the main employer of men.
Large estates employed not only farm workers but also the houses provided domestic work for the women as servants, the most common occupation for unmarried working class women.
The fishing ports along the east coast supported both fisherman and boat builder, net maker and fish processor.
05 LASTWales And The West Country20041112Miners became the country's most numerous and distinctive group of workers and the pit villages that grew up around the
mines were a unique form of settlement.
It wasn't just men who worked in the mines, women worked above ground - screening the coal and hauling the tubs at the pit brow.
For the first time in the 1901 census miners were classed separately as "hewers", "other workers below ground" and "workers above ground".

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