1837 – 1901

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”
Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities.

Dickens’ opening line to his story about 1790’s can just as easily describe Victorian England. On the one hand a time of peace, prosperity, and international growth. The other, a struggle with overcrowding, inadequate urban infrastructure, smog and appalling working conditions. The speed of technological and social change was increasing. Each advancement becoming the step to next; driven in no small part by tensions between those that had and those that did not.

There are so many possibilities for a Victorian topic – focus on a famous person in the context of how they lived; compare lifestyles; looking at inventions.

Popular choices are:

  • Life in wealthy Victorian times – clothes, hygiene, food, leisure, homes, healthcare, social customs and etiquette
  • Contrasts between poor and rich children’s life styles.
  • The Great Exhibition
  • A school day
  • Florence Nightingale
  • Mary Seacole
  • Charles Dickens
  • Beatrix Potter
  • Mary Annings

If you would like to know more about our Victorian focused visits have a look at Cecilia’s or Victoria’s page.