Victorians 1850-1901

The British Empire, crime, punishment, leisure and advertising are all brought to life in our resources which are based on records from the second half of Queen Victoria’s reign.

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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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4099 is my name (SEND)

How can we share the experiences of someone who lived in the past?
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A Victorian prison

Why were Victorian Prisons so tough?

Census Detectives

What does the census reveal about families in the past?
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Crime in Whitechapel

What made Whitechapel an area where the ‘detection’ of murders was ‘very difficult’?
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Four days’ hard labour

What was life like for a Victorian child criminal?

Fun in the Files

What can our documents reveal about how people had fun in the past?
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Mental Health on Record

What do the documents reveal about the understanding of mental health in the past?
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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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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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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 Health Reform

How did the Victorians view compulsory vaccination?
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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?