The Victorians

Ephemera from the Age of Victoria
Victorian ephemera was treasured for its sentimentality or for its visual appeal. Today the artifacts in this collection represent the cherished mementos of a bygone age.

History Trails: Victorian Britain
Extensive information from the BBC that includes industry and invention, education and health, social conditions and earning a living in Victorian Britain.

Show Me: Victorians
Colourful and interactive site that explores Victorian life and culture.

Virtual Victorians
Take a look at the typical week in the life of a Victorian family. You can virtually handle Victorian artefacts and toys and learn about the legacy the Victorians left us.

Victorian Britain – Fair or Foul?
Was life in Victorian Britain at the time of the Great Exhibition as wonderful as it appeared on the surface?

The Scrap Album
From the mid-1860s, Valentine and Christmas cards, embossed scraps and beautifully printed chromolithographs provided a popular source for pasting into scrap albums. These printed ephemera have survived into the 21st century to delight our eyes and minds.

Who Wants To Be a Cotton Millionaire?
You are advisor to a budding businessman based in Kendal – play the game to find out if you have what it takes to become a Victorian cotton millionaire.

Time Traveller’s Guide to Victorian England
Everything the curious traveller needs to know about the time of Victoria, Dickens and the Lady of the Lamp.

Queen Victoria’s Empire
Follow Queen Victoria through a lifetime of leadership and discover the people, the places and events of her reign.

The Workhouse
The workhouse often evokes the squalid world of Oliver Twist, but its story is a fascinating mix of social history, politics, economics and architecture.

Child Labour Activity
For or Against? Prepare for a Parliamentary debate on the subject of Child Labour.

Victorian Station
A wealth of information on the Victorian era including architecture, lifestyle, arts, literature and royalty.

Florence Nightingale
Information from the Florence Nightingale Museum in London.


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