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Everyday life in Victorian Britain with Emma Griffin
£15 per episode or £39 for all three sessions
Friday 10th, 17th & 24th June, 12:30pm BST
Part 1: Men and the Industrial Revolution
We are used to thinking that the industrial revolution had a negative effect on the lives of working men – that their work became harder, more monotonous and more regimented. But evidence from the writings of men suggests that the reality might be more complicated and that higher wages brought significant benefits that need to be acknowledged.
Date: Friday 10 June, 12:30PM BST
Part 2: Women, Sex and Work
Historians tend to think that it is difficult to say much about the impact of the industrial revolution on working women, because they have left so little evidence of their lives behind. It is certainly true that the evidence for women is far more scarce, but it does exist, and in this class we will piece it together to learn more about how factory work brought changes to the lives of women.
Date: Friday 17th June, 12:30PM BST
Part 3: Family Live in the Industrial Revolution
In our first two classes, we considered the impact of the industrial revolution on individual men and women. But most people did not live individually – they lived together in families, and what benefited the individual did not necessarily benefit the family. In this final class we bring the strands together to consider what happened to families, rather than individuals when Britain underwent its industrial revolution.
When: Friday 24th June, 12:30PM BST
About the presenter
Emma Griffin is professor of modern British history at the University of East Anglia. A leading expert in the history of the industrial revolution and the social history of Britain in the 18th and 19th centuries, her works include the highly acclaimed Bread Winner: An Intimate History of the Victorian Economy. She is also president of the Royal Historical Society.
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