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The Victorian era spanned the reign of Queen Victorian, from 1837-1901 & it was a  period of great industrial growth &  prosperity.

Things were changing rapidly, it was a time of political & social reform. The upper classes who were once mainly established aristocracy, were growing in number as the new wealthy commercial class emerged & whilst the middle classes were steadily growing there were still large numbers of working class and for them life was hard and child labour was the norm.

It was an exciting period of scientific & technical progress, also a period of great advances in medicine. In 1851 huge numbers of Victorians flocked to the Great Exhibition at Crystal   Palace in London, eager to marvel at the new inventions of the age. Novels and poetry were popular and the authors of the day are as well known today as they were then, The Bronte sisters, Charles Dickens, Lewis Carroll and Rudyard Kipling to name but a few.

For the well to do there was leisure time in abundance, picnics by the river, afternoon tea with friends, opera, theatre and more food than was necessary. At the other end of the scale the poor lived in squalor, wearing hand me down clothes and living off a meagre  and limited diet. The poor worked long hours and had little spare money to do anything with what bit of  spare time they did have.  Life was hard for the poor and once they'd outlived there usefulness, most were packed off to the workhouse to live out the rest of their days

.Fashion styles changed several times throughout Queen Victorias reign, the longest reign of any English monarch to date and it is one of the most popular eras for costume. From crinolines to bustles, leg of mutton sleeves and petticoats and corsets that almost squeezed the breath out of the wearer.

The Victorian era paved the way for the way way we live in the modern world today, I wonder what Queen Victoria would think of life today. Would she approve or would she say " we are not amused"

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