Factory records at The National Archives

This guide was last updated in 2012

As factories were private institutions, The National Archives (TNA) would not necessarily have any factory records relating to your ancestor’s employment as it does not fall within its remit.

However, if you are also interested in the evolving legislation regarding the regulation of factories then TNA’s holdings may very well prove relevant.

This includes records of the Factory Inspectorate that was formed after the passing of the Factory Act of 1833. This Act was passed to provide some protection for children working in factories and was later used to regulate conditions for all employees.

TNA holds minutes for the Inspectorate and HO 45 also has records for factory inspectors. These may prove interesting in learning more about how life was for your ancestor who spent their time working in a factory.

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