Victorian studies

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.
  1. 'All the world's a stage': theatres, actors and audiences in the 19th century

    Course Date: Mon 30 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The age of Kean and Irving, Pinero, Wilde and Shaw, of melodrama, pantomime and farce as well as serious drama. But an age too of new theatres/auditoriums, changing audiences, touring companies and impressive theatre staging.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £13.00

  2. 'Grave Matters': death, burial and the afterlife in the Victorian era

    Grave matters: death, burial and the afterlife in the Victorian era

    Course Date: Wed 1 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the causes of, and attitudes towards, death and the body, the funeral and the evolving funeral industry, and the emergence of commercial cemeteries and cremation. We will also consider contemporary views of heaven, hell and spiritualism.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  3. 'Messing about on the river': life, work and leisure on the Victorian Thames

    Course Date: Fri 3 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Victorians worked and lived on the Thames but it was also a source of leisurely travel (punts, steam launches, houseboats), annual society events (notably the Boat Race and Henley Regatta) and inspiration for literature and art.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £13.00

  4. 'Out of sight…': life of inmates in the Victorian workhouse, prison and lunatic asylum

    Course Date: Sat 30 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    These institutions were familiar but less so the daily lives of those inside them. We explore aspects of inmates’ day-to-day existence, the rationale for the policies and approaches adopted, and some of the changes made in the Victorian era.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

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