Was life good or bad in Victorian Britain?
– A study through paintings
The following stand-alone study unit is delivered over 7-8 hours. Inspired by the excellent Jeremy Paxman series on “The Victorians”, it is designed to develop skills of visual literacy as well as essay writing. Students draw deductions from a range of Victorian paintings, then test these hypotheses through extra research, categorise their ideas by theme into a gallery, and draw sophisticated conclusions based on opposing viewpoints. The final outcome is a detailed essay on the question “Was life good or bad in Victorian Britain?”.
Download: List of video clips in the Paxman documentary relating to particular paintings used in this unit.