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History – The Transformation of Mid-Victorian Britain (1851-1875) – Autumn Term


Rich and poor and their world: their architecture and living conditions – from large country estates and town houses to humble cottages and town rookeries of the residuum; their social life, culture and the impact of influential women.

We study architectural styles from the grandest country estate to vernacular dwellings, town, terraces, municipal and public buildings and view the internal workings of the home.

Other themes include schooling and the work and life of the governess, mechanic’;s institutes which provided evening education for workers; the poor, their lack of amenities, deficient nutrition and medical attention and the effect of their appalling living and working conditions.

We also see how campaigning women made a difference, such as Barbara Bodichon who wrote “Women and Work” which argued that a married women’s dependence on her husband was degrading and who founded the “Englishwoman’s Review”, a journal run entirely by women for women. We also reflect on the colourful world of William Morris and the Arts & Crafts Movement.

N.B. History courses may contain outdated attitudes, cultural depictions and language which cause offence today.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.

Illustrated with PowerPoint slideshows, film and documentary.

Please note: this course is taught off site at The Church of the Holy Cross Church Hall, Downsway, Woodingdean (Brighton), BN2 6BD

Tutor: Sarah Tobias. This course runs on a Wednesday afternoon 1300-1500


Suitable for all abilities


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