"Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real."

Cormac McCarthy

Last updated 4 October  2019  © Julia Edwards

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Here are a few links to websites about Victorian England that you might want to take a look at:

BBC Bitesize has some great videos to introduce children to the Victorian age, covering child labour, surgery, and crime and punishment.

The BBC Primary History website also has loads of stuff, from pictures, videos and quizzes to lesson plans, on all sorts of areas of Victorian England, especially the lives of children.

 

English Heritage has a section of their website devoted to Victorians, and of course, there's Osborne House on the Isle of Wight, designed by Prince Albert as a royal retreat for himself and his family.

Osborne House on the Isle of Wight: it's important to have a little place in the country where you can escape the grind of daily life.

At the other end of the spectrum from Osborne House, you can experience how tough life was for the Victorian poor with the Ragged Victorians. They're a living history group who re-enact life as it was lived by the lower classes. If you've read The Shimmer on the Glass, you'll have some idea what to expect. But take care, your living conditions could be a good deal worse than Lucy's!

 

If life as a pauper doesn't appeal to you, you'll probably have a bit more fun at the Dickens Christmas Festival at Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard at the end of November. It looks wonderful! 

Alternatively, if you live in London, you might prefer to visit Rochester which has two Dickensian festivals each year, one in June and the other at Christmas. There's more information about both on the Rochester Dickens Festival website.

But if both of those are way too far south for you, you might prefer to make the journey to Ulverston's Dickensian Festival, which is another Christmas event, towards the end of November.

​And last but not least, if you're a teacher looking for resources to teach children about the Victorians (other than mine, which are on the schools page), there's the Save Teachers Sundays website, where you can find Victorian KS2 planning and resources.