Victorian

The New Tourists

The visitors’ books of 19th-century hotels, pubs and inns show Victorians on holiday, revealing them to be irreverent pleasure seekers, capable of highfalutin pomposity and touristic wrath.

The Moral of the Story

Illustrated picture books in Victorian England reached new aesthetic heights. But was it always for the benefit of the children?

Behind Victorian Bars

Turning chaotic havens of ‘sloth and debauchery’ into systemised institutions of ‘pain and terror’, Victorian ‘model’ prisons were anything but. 

If This Be Error

Marrying the sister of a deceased wife was illegal in Victorian England.

Stripping Down the Buttoned Up

An examination of the ‘fleeting, fine-grained intimacies’ of letters, diaries and memoirs produces a witty and scholarly account of Victorian attitudes to the body.

The Science of the Supernatural

Many assumptions and values separate us from the Victorians, but belief in the supernatural is not one of them, argues Simone Natale.