Victoria’s Secrets: Society & Culture in 19thc England

  • Wed, November 30, 2022
  • Wed, December 14, 2022
  • 3 sessions
  • Wed, November 30, 2022, 9:30 AM 11:00 AM (EST)
  • Wed, December 07, 2022, 9:30 AM 11:00 AM (EST)
  • Wed, December 14, 2022, 9:30 AM 11:00 AM (EST)
  • Online



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This course explores the social and cultural life of England from 1830 to 1900, from Buckingham Palace to the slums of London’s East End. What did it mean to be “Victorian,” and why are we still fascinated by this time period? How did the Queen modernize the monarchy while balancing marriage and motherhood? What was the truth behind “Home Sweet Home and how did Parliament address the downside of industrial progress, from child labor to workhouses? How did “scientific” entertainments from mesmerism to freak shows teach Victorians about empire, class, and race? Lastly, we’ll meet New Women and “inverts” and criminals like Jack the Ripper who served as warnings about the nation’s place in the world as the 19th century came to a close.


Julie Taddeo, Ph.D. is a professor of history at the University of Maryland focusing on British History. Some of her talks have been on British Royal scandals and the rise of the media, since the Georgian era; Victorian scandal and crime; the Queen’s Jubilee in context; Life on the homefront in England in WWII; and she uses popular period dramas like Downton Abbey, Poldark, and Bridgerton to discuss the larger social/political/cultural history of Britain in the 18th-20th centuries. She is a popular speaker often giving talks at the Smithsonian among other places. OLLI favorite, Dr. Richard Bell highly recommended her. 

Cancellations are non-refundable within 48 hours of this event.

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