The middle years of Queen Victoria's reign saw huge changes in society: the rise of the middle classes, the introduction of compulsory education and the growth of the labor movement. The Great Exhibition brought a taste of the exotic to the masses, and the London Underground was opened. Life for the poorest was affected by the work of the Board of Health, while the middle classes developed elaborate etiquette and the art of housekeeping with the help of Mrs. Beeton.
Mid-Victorian Britain explains how these changes affected family life in Britain, from matchgirls, prostitutes and workhouses to tea parties, jet mourning jewelry and the leisure revolution.
About the Author
Christine Garwood is an author and researcher with a specialism in nineteenth-century social history and the history of science. She gained her Ph.D in 1998 from the University of Leicester and has since gone on to publish books and articles on topics as diverse as Victorian environmentalism, quack medicine, popular astronomy and the history of ideas. Her book, Flat Earth: The History of an Infamous Idea (Macmillan, 2007) was widely reviewed in publications such as the Sunday Times, Telegraph, New Scientist and BBC History Magazine.
Table of Contents
Family Life 12
Home and Neighbourhood 20
Food and Drink 36
Shopping and Style 44
Relaxation and Entertainment 60
Education and Social Welfare 68
Places to Visit 86