Victorian 1837 - 1901
During Queen Victoria's reign (1837-1901), incredible changes in Britain were taking place! Even part of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery was built during this time!
Let's find out about the Victorian period. You can see lots more Victorian artefacts on display at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.
Safety BicycleIn the mid 1880's the 'Safety Bicycle' was built. It was much easier to ride than earlier models, with both wheels the same size and a chain. This finally gave ordinary people the freedom to travel.
Last of England paintingThis is a Pre-Raphaelite painting by Ford Madox Brown, 1855. The painting is about emigration, the couple are departing for Australia. The artist himself posed for the painting, along with his partner Emma, and their children Cathy, the fair-haired girl in the background, and Oliver, the baby.
Penny Black StampIn 1840 the Penny Black stamp was issued. This was the first stamp in the world. People wrote a lot of letters at this time, as this was the only way to communicate over long distances.
Railway ExcursionIn 1841 the first railway excursion was organised by Thomas Cook. At the museum you can see some of the very first train tickets used for such excursions.
Terrace HouseDuring the Victorian period many terrace houses were built. They had many features that tell us it was built in Victorian times such as a gable roof, slate tiles, bay window, arched doorway, decorative chimney and patterned brickwork.
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