History | The Great Exhibition and Mid –Victorian Britain (1848-1870)
Why this course?
The Victorian era saw many changes in all aspects of daily life including merchandising and consumerism - partly due to the Great Exhibition; effects of the Industrial Revolution, the opening of the London Underground, philanthropy and feminism.
We study the later effects of the Industrial Revolution and its consequences and how the 1851 Great Exhibition showcased manufacturing and invention, helping to bring about a rise in commercial enterprise and consumerism. This was a time of philanthropy and feminism with great women such as Florence Nightingale and her use of statistics; and the tireless work of social reformers such as Josephine Butler, who fought to bring about the repeal of the Contagious Diseases Act, and Caroline Norton’s huge input for the Married Women’s Property Act, despite her husband’s abuse.
We shall examine life at home and work, poverty, living conditions and sanitary reforms, as well as improvement in travel due to the Underground, and the colourful world of the Pre-Raphaelite painters and the Arts and Crafts Movement.
Illustrated with images, powerpoint slideshows and film.
- Fascinating social history
- Colourful images
- Powerpoint illustrations
- Relaxed atmosphere
- Lively class discussion
- Amusing and friendly tutor
Tutor: Sarah Tobias
The early Victorian era was a time of reform and transformation. The period saw many changes in all aspects of daily life within the home, at work, in the factories and mills, and for the influential and wealthy.
You will learn about the many aspects of social and daily life for all classes. We will explore the effects of the industrial revolution and its impact on life in factories and mills. We will also consider and discuss the problems of housing, poor nutrition, lack of education and medical attention during this fascinating period in our nation's history.
Particular consideration is given to how all aspects of Victorian life impacted on and affected women’s lives.
Classes are illustrated with PowerPoint slideshows
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