Were the Victorians like us?
This photograph shows male and female cyclists in Hyde Park, London, with spectators lining the route. It was taken c.1870-1900
Analysing a selection of Victorian photographs can provide evidence to answer the question above. This could done be using some of the Images by Theme collections provided, such as Victorian Industry or Victorian Leisure.The worksheets above provide guidance and templates on how this could be done.
Extended learning and useful links
- Ask pupils to choose one aspect of Victorian life and do a direct comparison with today, for example the photograph of ice skating near Oxford: what are they wearing, what would we wear, what would each be made of, would they be allowed to do the same things today etc.
- Victorian Leisure - London
- National Archives classroom resource: How was life different in Victorian times?