Electrophone listening salon in the London headquarters, Pelicon House on Gerrard Street (approximately 1903).
George R. Sims (1847-1922)
How 19th-century audiences could experience the sound of live theatre in their living rooms.
Dotheboys Hall, from Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens. Illustration by ‘Phiz’ (Hablot K. Browne).
Image scan and text Jacqueline Banerjee, Associate Editor, Victorian Web
Dickens's novels highlighted the poverty of education for the working classes. The all-important Education Act was finally passed in the year of his death.
A legend, even in his own lifetime: stamps to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’s birth.
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Almost as soon as Dickens died in 1870, writers and illustrators began to take liberties with his life and career.
Revered no more: the statue of Bristol slave-trader Edward Colston is torn down.
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The statue was part of a push in the Victorian era to create mercantile heroes. Colston's slaving activities were conveniently glossed over.
Crinolines, by design, made physical contact nearly impossible.
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In the past, maintaining physical distance was an important aspect of public life – and clothes played a big role.
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Anti-vaccinators today echo 200-year-old debates.
Image from ‘Criminal man, according to the classification of Cesare Lombroso’ (1911).
We may think tattooing is a modern phenomenon, but the reasons for its popularity are not dissimilar to those seen in the prisons and convict ships of the Victorian era.
George Eliot (1819-1880), aged 30.
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Born the same year as Queen Victoria, Eliot faced similar life choices to many young women today
The Young Mother, by Charles West Cope.
In an act of 'mummy-shaming' to rival anything today’s internet has to offer, Queen Victoria is thought to have named a cow in the royal dairy after her daughter, who had decided to breastfeed.
Visitors walk through Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s installation ‘Fireflies on the Water.’
Images of wildfires are powerful, but can make climate catastrophe seem like something spectacular and distant. So some artists are focusing on the plants and bugs in our immediate surroundings.
Prisoners picking oakum at Coldbath Fields Prison in London (circa 1864)
Most Victorian convicts left prison weighing the same as when they arrived. Some even gained weight.
At the heart of Edinburgh.
Buildings built for writing and reading the news altered the urban fabric.
Mr. Fezziwig’s Ball from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
Hand colored etching by John Leech
If it hadn't been for A Christmas Carol, the menu may well have centred on goose (or a boar's head).
Illustration of a market full of seasonal produce from Thomas Kibble Hervey’s Book of Christmas (1837).
For Victorian shop workers, Christmas could be a miserable time of long hours and low pay.
As the industry continues its decline, a look back at how the Victorians valued their local news gathering operations.
As extreme weather events, like Hurricane Florence, become more common it is time to ask what it will take for the world to finally tackle climate change. Encouragingly, there may be a historical precedent: Victoria London’s handling of the ‘Great Stink’, where growth had turned the River Thames into an open sewer.
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As climate extremes mount, let's reflect on Victorian London's 'Great Stink' sewage crisis - when things finally became so bad authorities were forced to accept evidence, reject sceptics, and act.
Mad, bad or dangerous – the gripping true crime story of Grace Marks, who caused a sensation in the 19th century and still holds fascination today.
Almost 1,500 immigrant boys, aged 10 to 17, were separated from their parents and brought to stay at Casa Padre in Brownsville, Texas.
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There are strong parallels between the Trump administration’s policy on immigrant families and the 19th century's 'New' Poor Laws of England, whose cruelty was illuminated by writer Charles Dickens.
From its origin in the early 19th century, lion taming has elicited both awe and horror.
George Cruikshank’s impression of Dickens’ dystopia.
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Charles Dickens imagined a robot theme park way back in 1838.