History | Victorian Life and Leisure 1851-1875

Course Type: Adult leisure and hobby Campus: Central Brighton Campus

Why this course?

The family, work, leisure, travel, art and culture. This period saw the burgeoning “leisure industry”: holidays - particularly the seaside – travel to the countryside, and in the new green spaces of the town as public parks were opened for all to enjoy and benefit.

We study improvements in working hours and conditions but still long and continuous toil for the poor and an unhealthy urban environment with little time off. But, society was changing and we explore the urban and rural environment and the importance of getting to the countryside for a day out, and for green spaces near industrial areas.

1871 gave people a few days off. Holidays for all. The seaside was particularly popular and where people cast off inhibitions. There were tea gardens serving beer and wine, dancing, fireworks, travelling fairs, circus, theatre, music hall, Gilbert and Sullivan and sport.

Illustrated with powerpoint slides, images and texts.

Key Features

• Fascinating social and cultural history
• Colourful images
• Powerpoint illustrations
• Relaxed atmosphere
• Lively class discussion
• Amusing and friendly tutor

Tutor: Sarah Tobias

Start dates

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Code Start Campus Times Duration Fees ?
CL0028-1C 25 Apr 2022 Central Brighton Mondays 1.30pm - 3.30pm 6 weeks £78.00 Enrol & Pay

Course content

The Great Exhibition of 1851 showcased the huge variety of technology, textiles, furniture, and fashions which could now be produced by means of mass production and new machinery. An example of which was the steam press, triggering an increase in consumption of pulp fiction, mainly purchased by the working classes. Cheap newspaper further enhanced leisure publicity.  

The Arts & Crafts Movement, firmly rooted in the Gothic Revival, was energised by a rejection of the uninspired and repetitive design inventory of mid-Victorian Britain.

Class will be illustrated with PowerPoint slides.

Why the Met?

  • Online access to course documents, resources and study support through the MET’s virtual learning environment
  • High-quality learning resource centres providing library and computing facilities
  • Access to the MET’s student services, including career advice and additional learning support
  • Cafés and coffee bars with a wide range of reasonably priced meals, snacks and drinks

Course fees

Discounted fees

This course is eligible for a 50% discount if you are in receipt of certain benefits. Find out more about the eligibility criteria and how to apply for this discount here.

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You can also enrol by calling 01273 667704 or in person at our Central Brighton or West Durrington Campuses.

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