The reign of Queen Victoria (1819 – 1901) beckoned in huge change in Britain and the Empire, affecting all levels of society. Discover the key events and figures that changed politics, science, culture, art and industry, and the legacy of this significant period in British history.
These institutions were familiar but less so the daily lives of those inside in them. We explore aspects of inmates’ day-to-day existence, rationale for the policies/ approaches adopted and changes made in the Victorian era.
Christmas was of limited significance in the 1830s but that changed fundamentally during Queen Victoria’s reign. We explore why this was so together with the origins of all that made/makes for the ‘traditional’ Christmas season.
Explore the development of and change in Early Victorian Britain. From the industrialising economy, politics, religion, science and culture to population and urban growth, the expansion of empire and development of railways and mass leisure.
Explore major developments in Later Victorian Britain. From the rise of mass consumer society, politics and culture to the changing position of women, the growing significance of the labour movement and the consequences of Empire.
How did Victorian authors interpret the remarkable developments of their era? Studying Dickens’ 'Great Expectations', Wilde’s 'Importance of Being Earnest' and a representative selection of poetry, we shall gain deeper insights into this fascinating period.
Victorians were to be found worldwide, not just in the UK. Among those which the course considers, together with travelling conditions, are tourists, explorers, missionaries, imperial administrators, exiles and those who sought a better life.
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