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What does Victorianism mean?

The Victorian era lasted from 1833 to 1902 and further, well into the years leading unto the First World War. Such a epic period of time, three lifetimes of men and women, is hard to define.

To start we need to do the definition. What do we mean by Victorian. Which of the three generations between 1833 and 1902 do we identify most as a typical Victorian? Is it the country squire, the colonial planter, the urban poor or the aristocracy? Only four stereotypes amongst the thousands who would clamour for our attention.

Is it a question of mental outlook? If so which of the philosophies do we choose? Do we pick the social darwinists, the anti-slavery evangelical, the cockney jingoist or the mid period skeptic of empire?

The Victorian era might be long and might have a number of sometimes contradictory. I actually argue that it defies effective categorisation but that does not stop me recognising it when I see it.

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Is appreciation of our heritage sufficient to save it? — The Heritage Journal

Following our recent article quoting Simon Jenkins, we received an interesting email from a representative of “These Fields Have Names”, a campaign group in Cornwall protesting the destruction of the countryside while building a nearly 8-mile-long new route for the A30 near Truro. They make some excellent points about ‘appreciation’ of a site not being […]

Is appreciation of our heritage sufficient to save it? — The Heritage Journal
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Walking Backwards No 12. South Avenue to Stoke Green — Coventry Society News

Today we have the twelfth episode of Peter Walter’s series of lockdown walks “being a compendium of idle facts, hidden places and meaningless historiana gathered on walks within easy striding distance of the writer’s abode – and beyond”. Hedges and defensive fencing now hide some of the details, but the houses that look out over […]

Walking Backwards No 12. South Avenue to Stoke Green — Coventry Society News
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A quick history of the Chartist movement — Notes from the U.K.

Britain’s Chartist movement was one of those inspirational failures that people who try, against all the odds, to change the world love to talk about. They remind us not to count the game as lost until several generations after our deaths. At which point we can pretty well count on not knowing or caring who […]

A quick history of the Chartist movement — Notes from the U.K.
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The History of Cheesecake 🧀🍰 — Professional Moron

Having covered the history of cheese, it’s now time to turn to the glory that is cheesecake. This most fantabulous of unhealthy foods is a delight to behold. It has a cool and refreshing quality, whilst being as light as a feather. And it’s got cheese in it! Hurray! Thusly, let’s explore this cake that’s […]

The History of Cheesecake 🧀🍰 — Professional Moron
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Roberta Writes – Thursday Doors: British Museum, these are a few of my favourite things #BritishMuseum #TreeofLife #RosettaStone #TheHolyThornReliquary —

Welcome to Thursday Doors, a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing your link in the comments below, anytime between 12:01 am Thursday […]

Roberta Writes – Thursday Doors: British Museum, these are a few of my favourite things #BritishMuseum #TreeofLife #RosettaStone #TheHolyThornReliquary —
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The Underground Railroad & Harriet Tubman’s Fight To Free The Enslaved — THE CHRONICLES OF HISTORY

“I was the conductor of the Underground Railroad for eight years, — I never ran my train off the track and I never lost a passenger… If you hear the dogs, keep going. If you see the torches in the woods, keep going. If there’s shouting after you… Don’t ever stop. Keep going. If you […]

The Underground Railroad & Harriet Tubman’s Fight To Free The Enslaved — THE CHRONICLES OF HISTORY
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The devastating words the pro-tunnel lobby can’t cover up — The Heritage Journal

From Simon Jenkins, ex-Chairman of The National Trust: “Stonehenge is not like France’s Lascaux Caves, so fragile they have had to be closed in favour of a facsimile. What you see is what you get, robust stones requiring little upkeep. Indeed their thrill is as much the view from afar as from close to, and […]

The devastating words the pro-tunnel lobby can’t cover up — The Heritage Journal
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Artist Yinka Shonibare CBE at Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park on 082322 — Tao Talk

Yinka Shonibare CBE On Sunday, older son and I had planned on traveling to Wheaton, IL to see some giant sculptures of fantastical creatures, but when each of us had nightmares the night before, we decided to postpone the trip.  Instead we went to one of our favorite places to walk, Meijer Gardens and Sculpture […]

Artist Yinka Shonibare CBE at Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park on 082322 — Tao Talk