Victorians at Play: Going Abroad

Ref: C2346997

Foreign travel became more accessible to the Victorian middle classes from the mid-19th century - including 'unprotected females' - as more of them had both the time and money to travel abroad. Developments in passenger shipping and the expansion of railway networks in Europe and beyond were also influential; but while some were happy to travel independently, others opted for the 'comfort and convenience' promised by Thomas Cook's organised tours. From its small beginnings in a temperance excursion from Leicester to Loughborough in 1841, his business soon expanded into Europe, the Holy Land and the USA, and he escorted his first 'Round the world' tour in the early 1870s. By tracing the development of his business, we will ask where his clients went, how they got there, and what they expected from the 'Napoleon of excursions' once they arrived. We will also look briefly at some of the advice dispensed to Victorian travellers, from what to wear to stocking up with gunpowder.

Course aim

This lecture will consider how and why foreign travel became more accessible to the Victorian middle classes from the mid-19th century; where they went; and what they expected from their 'adventures'.

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:

  • Give examples of the ‘comfort and convenience’ provided for foreign travellers during Thomas Cook’s escorted tours.

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: Going Abroad

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