Queen Victoria's heyday: Britain and Ireland 1848-1861
Time: 10:15 - 12:15
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HBH01
Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)
What is the course about?
These years span the peak of Chartism and the death of Prince Albert. They have often been seen as a golden age for Queen and country. But the period is more complex than that. Aspects covered include Ireland after the peak of the Great Famine and the (at times violent) demands for changes in the relationship between that island and Britain. Also considered are developments in the economy (rural, industrial and service); attitudes towards Empire and the Indian ‘Mutiny’; and the nature of government, the demands for franchise reform and the beginnings of the peace movement, notably in the wake of war in the Crimea. Florence Nightingale’s involvement in that conflict and her first campaigns for health reform also feature.
These years too saw significant developments in the nature of Christian thought and action in society together with the challenge posed by Darwin. There were developments too in science and technology, especially in transport (land, sea and air), and educational opportunities including the beginnings of the public library system. The writers of the time included Elizabeth Gaskell and George Eliot as well as Charles Dickens and William Thackeray. It is the age too of Carlyle, Mill and Ruskin. The visual Arts included the Pre-Raphaelite movement and William Morris earliest work. The 1850s celebrated both the country’s industrial prowess with the Great Exhibition (1851) and its Fine Arts holdings with the Art Treasures of England Exhibition (1857).
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
Defining and challenging the governing of the UK, 1848-1861
Aspects of Ireland, 1848-1861
The economy, science and technology, 1848-1861
Britain at war in the Crimea and India; the immediate aftermath, 1854-1858
Health, social care and education/learning opportunities, 1848-1861
Faith, doubt and Darwin: Christianity and society, 1848-1861
The Arts in Britain and Ireland 1848-1861
A night out and a day away: the music hall, the railway and the seaside, 1848-1861
On display: (1) the Monarchy, 1848-61 and (2) the Great Exhibition, 1851.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
familiar with the government and economy of Britain and Ireland during these years
aware of British commitments and engagements overseas, notably the Crimean war and events in India
able to identify key aspects/principles of health and social care together with developments in science and technology
knowledgeable regarding the nature and role of Christianity in society, new ways of viewing that religion - especially in the light of contemporary Biblical scholarship and the challenge posed by mid century intellectual and scientific thought
cognisant about the Arts and popular culture.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
An introductory course: no previous knowledge is required.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be delivered through a mixture of formal input and discussion with student participation encouraged. No work outside class is required.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No other costs; requisites for optional note taking.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
HBH02 Late Victorian Britain and Ireland: 1868-1901.