Things to See in London: Georgians Revealed – Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain

georgians revealed

The Georgians Revealed exhibit currently running at the British Library until March.

Long-lost toys of late-Victorian children discovered by archaeologists

A collection of long lost toys, just unearthed by a team of archaeologists at The University of Manchester, have shone new light on the commercialisation of childhood by the late Victorians.

Elizabethan child actors were kidnapped and abused, researcher finds

For young boys living in Elizabethan London, one of the dangers they faced was being kidnapped by theatre owners and forced to perform. This practice was even supported by Queen Elizabeth I.

The Treatment of Disability in 19th and Early 20th Century Children's Literature

In many books, disability, where it occurs, and its cure are associated with character. Cure may result directly from a healthier attitude to life, often implying a voluntary relinquishment of the disabled role.

Charles Dickens’s A Child’s History of England and Spain

True to his didactic interests, Dickens’ idea was to allow not only his son to learn the history of his country in the way that his own father wanted him to know it, but to convey a particular authoritative viewpoint as to how English youths should learn the history of their country, that is, with an England-centred bias. Literary criticism has not been kind with Dickens’s incursion into children’s and youngster’s historiography and has not therefore been too generous in terms of appraisal.

Empty Hands and Precious Pictures: Post-mortem Portrait Photographs of Children

This essay asks what kinds of comfort might be found in a photograph of a dead child, and in it I seek to place the post-mortem portrait photograph in the context of the Victorian emotional, material and visual culture of death.

Boys' Adventure Magazines and the Discourse of Adventure, 1860-1885

Recent cultural critics have cited adventure magazines as tools—of a ruling class frightened of the increasingly powerful underclasses; or of the Imperial establishment; or of a middle class dead set on imposing its narrow racist, patriotic, Evangelical, superior, manly, anti-virtually-everything-not-it attitude on impressionable working- and lower middle-class boys.

The Development of the English Board Game, 1770 – 1850

It is known from surviving records, paintings and artifacts that games of the period (and today) are played in a similar way to those of ancient civilisations in the near and far east. There are only a few basic methods of playing games and over the past 250 years many thousands of variations have been created. The basic methods of play come down to four types – race games, strategy games, table games and card games.

With This Ring, I Surrender: Politics, Religion, and Marriage in Shakespeare and Tudor England

The ideas I wish to explore are the overarching themes of politics, religion, and marriage in the Turor period under the rule of King Henry VIII from 1509 to 1547. The popular opinion of the period on Henry VIII’s behavior can be seen in William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, Measure for Measure, and Henry VIII.

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Ermine: Elizabeth I’s Coronation Robes and Mothers’ Legacies in Early Modern England

The first part of this essay explores how many links between mothers and children were therefore conceived through—even created by—mate- rial goods.

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