Victorians 1850-1901

The world’s largest empire is governed from Whitehall. Our collections offer an invaluable insight into the politics of empire and the daily lives of its citizens. Our massive photographic holdings covering Britain and its colonies vividly bring the period to life.

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19th century mining disaster

What happened at the Trimdon Grange Mining Disaster?
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19th century people

What can we tell from this photograph?
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A Victorian prison

Why were Victorian Prisons so tough?
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Four days’ hard labour

What was life like for a Victorian child criminal?
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Mapping the City

How and why does an area change over time?
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Mining explosion

The Trimdon Grange mining accident
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Past pleasures

How did the Victorians have fun?
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Poor Victorian children

What was life like for poor children in the 1840s?
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Rob Roy

A Victorian railway accident
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Selling the Victorians

Victorians for sale! Has advertising changed from Victorian times?
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Treasures from the past: the Victorians (SEN)

What can we discover about a person from the past?
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Trimdon

What was it like living in a late 19th century mining town?
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Victorian family history

How can we find out about the life of a Victorian child using family sources?
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Victorian homes

Was there much difference between rich and poor homes?
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Victorian lives

How was life different in Victorian times?