THE VICTORIAN AGE
Alexandrina Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Empress of India (1819 - 1901) was the child of Edward, duke of Kent, and of princess Victoria Mary Louisa of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.
On the 20th of June, 1837 , after her uncle's (William IV) death 18 year old Victoria became the direct heiress to the throne.The coronation took place on the 28th of June 1838 . Victoria had no enemies except of few number, and the land was peaceful and prosperous when she began to reign over it.
During her reign she had a good advisers in her uncle Prince Leopold of Coburg and his doctor and private secretary Baron Stockmar, a man of encyclopeadic information, who had given special attention to the problems of a sovereign's position in England and played an important role in Queen Victoria 's life. So, they had always hoped to arrange the marriage of Victoria with her cousin, Albert of Saxe-coburg-Gotha. The marriage took place on the 10th February 1840 .
The queen has 9 children all of whom married royalty. She is sometimes referred to as the Grandmother of Europe. When she died she had over 35 grandchildren.
What was it like to live in the Victorian Age?
Daily Life & Victorian Past times (for middle/upper class)
Click the picture to Travel back in time to 1870 and walk through a Victorian house _here
VICTORIAN LITERATURE & ART
Literature, Art and Science
Here are some individuals that would make excellent research and reporting projects:
Thackeray exposed the middle class hypocracy in his Vanity Fair. It was a great age for novels.
Women writers: the Bronte sisters, Mrs Gaskell flourished as never before.
Thomas Hardy and Henry James were Victorian novelists too.
Painters of the group called the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood expressed the great Victorian nostalgia for the Middle Ages.
Victorian science was to become greatly influential on the developments in the Modern Time. Charles Darwin the founder of the modern theory of biological evolution shocked the world.
FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF OUR DAILY ACTIVITIES
Visit Daily Lessons of the Victorian Age
This unit includes studies on the following:
Child Labor - see daily lessons week 2
(Authors and artists of the time)
Audio Book: Oliver Twist
England (during the Age of Industrialization emphasis on a child's life)
This is FAR from an exhaustive list! Please feel free to contact me to add your lap book, worksheets, lesson plans and unit studies in this era.
Activities and Projects
HANDS ON ACTIVITIES
Doilies and Lace
Victorian Craft Ideas
Host a Victorian Tea Party
(pinterest board with plenty of pictorial ideas)
or have a Victorian Christmas
Christmas Crafts and Activities from Victorian Farm
Here are some great places to visit to complete Victorian inspired crafts and activities, read articles about the time and even play games with the knowledge you have gained.
below is a silly little skit about Victorian fashion. To your left is a short visual on how the fashions changed.
I discovered a wonderful FRENCH blog with the fashion of the era. Google Chrome should automatically translate for you. This page reflects hair, dress style..the focus of this page is FRANCE however. Fashion Under the Second Empire
Below are paper dolls you can print from the site (click the picture to link)
BBC History Overview of the Victorian Age: this source provides easy to read summarized information on the Victorian Age in Naval Supremacy, Politics, The Industrial Revolution and Ireland. Great for younger students.
BBC Primary History: Victorians designed for primary students this site also has links for teachers with free printables
Victorian Web: This site is geared for older students - adults. It boasts 16,000 Primary and secondary texts (including scholarly book reviews) in British Victorian economics, literature, philosophy, political and social history, science, technology, and visual arts (painting, architecture, sculpture, book design and illustration, photography, decorative arts, including ceramics, furniture, jewelry, metalwork, stained glass, and textiles, costume and various movements, such as Art Nouveau, Japonisme, and Arts and Crafts).
The Victorians: this source compares the conditions of the working class and the poor. A focus on technology, industry, transportation and popular culture.
After reading the articles take a moment to fill in this activity sheet
Queen Victoria Resources
L= Websites to explore
Victorian Millionaire interactive
m= Resources of interest:
historians recreate life in Victorian. This episode is about the pharmacy.Learn how medicines were made back then.
for 1 year 3 individuals run a rural Victorian farm
Victorian Worst Jobs - working on the railway
Turn Back Time - three modern families live in their ancestors shoes and learn about living Victorian Era
commercial for the series Turn Back Time Family