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Things are on the up in the east London slum as the living history experiment continues with the families entering the 1890s.

The last decade of the 19th Century was one of social reform and a renewed attempt to improve the lives of those living in poverty.

Schooling became compulsory and the London County Council was formed to regulate city planning. As London’s population hit 5.5 million, the notorious Old Nichol slum was demolished and, in its place, London’s first council housing was built.

But what should have revolutionised the lives of London’s poor instead made a bad situation worse…