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Stoke Bruerne: Canal lives

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Compare the evidence in the documents with that in the museum. Is the evidence in the documents or the evidence in the museum more useful to tell us about the lives of the people who worked on the canals? Throughout the duration of the industrial revolution, many different types of transportation flourished, some would be useful and some would never be used. Canal boats were a massive part of the industrial revolution, carrying goods along canals to neighbouring villages and big towns, but for these boats to work, the work force that went with the transportation would involve many people. A canal needs a large work force, in order for it to work successfully; these jobs can include lock keeper, the families, leggers, blacksmiths, inn keepers and many more all of which were important to the upkeep of the canals industry. There are many sources that can show what it was like to work on a canal, how the workers lived, how the people got by, but not all sources are reliable or valid. I will be comparing evidence from the booklets, but also from the Stoke Bruerne museum, to understand which of the evidence is more useful to tell us about how the people worked on the canals. Source A is a photograph which shows the painting of the inside of a narrow boat. Firstly, looking at this picture, the source booklet was given to us in black and white. This therefore means that I am unable to distinguish any colour in this photograph so gives us no information on the painting of the inside of a narrow boat. However what it does show is the narrowness of the boat and the way movement inside the boat for the people would have been quite difficult. The photograph really does not give us any other information though apart from this. The photo does not show the entire perspective and size of the boat so conclusions can't be drawn from the source. ...read more.


This shows that the two sources must be reliable to some extent. Another piece of evidence to backup source C was the photograph of a young child leading a horse. This evidence from the museum tells us that source C is even more likely to be reliable. The Life Afloat was directly linked to the source; it talked about how schooling was for children and had a picture of the Salvation Army teaching kids. One point which I picked out was the fact that schooling only took place when boats were being loaded and unloaded. All of this information form the museum is very helpful in telling us about the lives of young people and how their education was. Although the focus of source C is not the photograph of Jack Allen, the museum at Stoke Bruerne gives us plenty of information on the clothing of the people who lived on the canals. To the right is picture which I had taken of a model at Stoke Bruerne. The model shows the clothes that were worn by a man who worked and lived on the canals. The model looks quite well dressed and smart for living on the canals. He is dressed quite respectably, and this can tell us a lot about the lives of people who worked on the canals. Many people would stereotype the people who worked and lived on the canals, "tramps". However this photograph definitely does not show this, but shows a status and wealth of comfortableness. Overall looking at the source and the museum evidence, it is clear to me that although Source C is helpful in telling me about the lives on people who worked on the canals in specific detail and accuracy: In the museum, there was several pieces of evidence which told me about the lives of young people who lived and worked on the canals. ...read more.


In the source it says the steam tugs went from 5am to 9pm at every two hours. However in the museum, this differed and the board to the left shows the times were from 5am but only till 7pm at every alternate hour. Looking at these two different times, this shows that their must be some error in one of the two pieces. I believe this to be in the source because; I trust the museum more as I have visited the museum and all other information which I have used is accurate. The second paragraph of the source is about Stoke Bruerne and what the village offers for the local community, though this could be said to completely useless, it gives us some information about what the people who lived on the canals, had nearby in terms of amenities and close by shops. Comparing this to the evidence in the museum, this did not have that much information on the close shops and amenities that were available for the people living on the canals. Although some were told to us by our guide, there wasn't any in the museum. Overall, I feel that the source is more useful and helpful in telling us about the lives of people who worked on the canals. Source H shows a photograph of a lattice plate, this source simply shows an image of a lattice plate. The source really is not that helpful in telling us about the lives of people who worked on the canals. The only thing to note is that they were used to cover cabin walls inside the narrow boats. Comparing this to the museum, the museum was far better as it had a whole display of lattice plates with a variety of patterns on them. However once again, the lattices plates do not tell us a lot apart from the fact that they were quite cheap and were used on boatmen's cabin walls. ?? ?? ?? ?? Stoke Bruerne ...read more.

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