Victorians at Play: An Introduction

Ref: C2346987

This lecture will consider different aspects of leisure during the Victorian period, as an introduction to a lecture series that will explore individual topics in more depth. We will identify some of the factors influencing the nature of leisure pursuits from the later 18th century, and how and why they changed. These include growing opposition to ‘traditional’ pursuits such as cock-fighting and animal-baiting; and increasing concern about how the labouring classes spent such leisure as they had in the early Victorian period. Part of the response to the latter was the provision of 'rational recreations' intended to keep them out of the public house; but we will also consider the influence of reduced working hours and higher incomes in extending commercial leisure opportunities such as music hall, spectator sports, holidays in the UK and abroad - for the middle classes at least - and the universally popular and accessible advent of the cinema at the end of the century.

Course aim

To consider different aspects of leisure in the Victorian period, as an introduction to a series of stand-alone lectures on the theme of 'Victorians at Play'.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify some of the factors influencing the growth of commercial leisure opportunities during the Victorian period.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Your lecture will be delivered in a ‘traditional’ talk-to-camera style, but there will be opportunities to ask questions and engage in discussion at the end. Slide-show images will be used to illustrate key points, and a short summary of the lecture will be posted to Canvas soon after the event.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Victorians at Play: An Introduction

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