Retrieved on 25th January 2018 from: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_haymarket_at_midnight.jpg. A painting made in 1861 called The Haymarket-Midnight, by Mayhew, Henry; Tuckniss, William.This painting shows one area in Victorian London that was well-known for the number of prostitutes inhabiting the area.

The Contagious Diseases Acts: Injustice against women civil liberties

by Haaris Mahmood The Victorian period witnessed significant medical advancement that saved countless lives and greatly developed society and medicine overall. The 1848 Public Health Act and the introduction of chloroform in 1846 developed Victorian society by regulating greater hygiene upon society and the effective administration of anaesthesia on patients.[1]However, one controversial and debated medical…

Charlotte Brontë

by Millie Pearson Born in 1816, Charlotte Brontë was an English novelist and poet writing in the Victorian period. Charlotte and her two sisters Anne and Emily Brontë went on to produce novels that are now considered classic pieces of English literature.[1] Brontë’s writings successfully gave voice and authority to females in a profoundly patriarchal…

Matthew ‘Captain’ Webb: The Forgotten Victorian Hero

by Zack Rhodes-Hey Matthew Webb was a true Victorian hero. He became the first man ever to swim the English Channel, unaided, from England to France.[1] Despite the film Captain Webb (2015) recently bringing him back into the public eye, Webb has still faded into obscurity and his accomplishments becoming almost trivial. Matthew Webb captured…

Florence Nightingale: Did she really want fame?

by Katie Smithson   Florence Nightingale was born into a wealthy family on 12 May 1820. Although having received one of the best educations possible, Florence has been said to have been a typical “frustrated Victorian daughter.”[1] In 1837 Florence believed she had received a calling from God to continue his work. It was not…

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson: Author, Mathematician, Photographer

by Sarah Starkey Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, also known as Lewis Carroll, was a prominent fiction writer of the Victorian period. As well as an author he was a mathematician, photographer and an inventor.  He received a double first honours degree from Christ Church Oxford in mathematics and classics. This supports the idea that he was…

Robert Louis Stevenson: Renaissance Man

by Lewis Davison There is only one difference between a long life and a good dinner: that, in the dinner, the sweets come last. @BobLStevenson Robert Louis Stevenson was an author, poet and travel writer. However he was much more than this and even created musical compositions, was considered a leading literary theorist, a notable…

The Dual Identity of Oscar Wilde

by Jessica Linhart Oscar Wilde was a famous author, playwright and poet; born in Dublin in 1854 into a noble family, and was the second child of Sir Willie Wilde and Lady Jane Wilde. Wilde was highly educated, having studied Classics at Trinity College, Dublin and the Greats at Magdalen Collage Oxford.  He then went…

Sir Titus Salt – Industrialist and Philanthropist

by Jack Webster Sir Titus Salt, 1803-1876, was a textiles manufacturer who has been remembered as one of the most, astute, determined and philanthropic industrialists of his time. Salt was an individual that people respected, but most extraordinarily for an industrialist during this period, he was viewed as a good employer.[1] Born on 20 September…