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History – Power and Growth In Late Victorian England 1880-1900 – Summer Term


For those who are interested in the great changes and progress at the end of the nineteenth century, leading into new ways of thought, progressive ideas and action, energy, optimism and innovation, However, there was also stagnation and pessimism, overcrowding and illness.

The Victorian age was a time of contrasts and contradictions. On the one hand, piety, prudery, stiffness and hypocrisy; on the other, free thinking, high living and immorality. In-between was the ordinary, hard-working, fun-loving Victorian, who wanted to enjoy all that was on offer in this fast-moving world which included the cinema and the motor-car. Lots of books, journals and newspapers enlightened a new readership, especially those who benefited from a higher standard of schooling and being able to read.

We study work, domestic life, architecture, technology, leisure and the arts, literature and painting, and advances in medicine and the legacy of men such as Joseph Lister and his work on anaesthesia which changed surgical treatments, allowing more people to survive after an operation. We see how hospitals functioned and the long working day of the nurse and doctor. People could still go to prison for minor offences and life inside was bleak, especially difficult for women.

Illustrated with powerpoint slides and film clips.

N.B. History courses may contain outdated attitudes, cultural depictions and language which cause offence today. They have to be viewed from an historic perspective. When discussing the content these views are not those of the tutor.

Tutor Sarah Tobias. This course runs on a Wednesday afternoon 1300-1500. This course will take place at the Parish Church of the Holy Cross, Downsway, Brighton, BN2 6BD


Suitable for all abilities


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