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How We Used to Live
How We Used to Live was an award winning British historical television drama made for schools by Yorkshire Television.
Expansion, Trade and Industry
From as Early as Elizabethan times European trade around the globe began to expand.
As the great explorers discovered new countries, continents and products the merchants were never far behind.
Gradually a trade triangle developed in the Atlantic between Europe, Africa and America.
British merchants would send their ships to West Africa loaded with textiles, iron goods and guns.
They sold these goods and in exchange bought slaves to work in the plantations in the West Indies.
After this middle passage when the captains had sold their human cargo.
They loaded with sugar, cotton and spices and returned to the growing ports of Glasgow, Bristol, London and Liverpool.
As the ships never travelled empty this system was very efficient - but it depended on slavery.
1: Trading Places (8th January 1991)
In this first programme Gemma Wardle takes a journey of discovery
to prepare herself for playing the part of a sugar merchant's daughter in the forthcoming drama in parts 3 & 4.
She visits Merseyside Maritime Museum and Wilberforce House in Hull.
2: Home And Colonial (15th January 1991)
Gemma continues her journey of preparation by taking a trip
to the Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet near Sheffield, Quarry Bank Mill, Styal and Thwaite Mill in Leeds.
3: Country Patriots Born 1832 (22nd January 1991) First part of a drama set in 1832.
4: Property Rights (29th January 1991) Conclusion of the drama.
5: Workshop Of The World (5th February 1991)
In the final programme of the series, Bryonie Pritchard
takes a fascinating look at the expansion of trade and industry in the Victorian era.
She studies the Great Exhibition and the development of the capital.
Britain led the world - but many were still poverty stricken.
Production Company: Yorkshire Television
Duration: 20mins each programme
Narrator: Bryonie Pritchard
Writer: Freda Kelsall
Series Producer: Ian Fell
Music: Robert Hartley
Video: DivX 5 720x536 25.00fps 1160Kbps
Audio: MPEG Audio Layer 3 44100Hz 128Kbps
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