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The Victorians: These fascinating archive pics offer a rare glimpse of this starkly different British era

Mirrorpix Logo By Mirrorpix of Mirrorpix | Slide 1 of 29: The Victorian era -  ie the decades when Queen Victoria reigned from 1837 to 1901 - was a fascinating time of great change in Britain. The famous monarch - whose life is currently being dramatised in the ITV show starring Jenna Coleman - was born 200 years ago next month. 
                        
                        During the 64 years that Queen Victoria was on the throne, Britain was also going through the Industrial Revolution. Machines for factories were invented that could make things quickly, like textiles – so, there were more textiles around to sell, and more people who wanted to buy them. With the invention of the steam train, the textiles could get to places further away than before.
                        Life in the Victorian era changed very quickly for a lot of people, and cities became busier and more crowded.

Victorian families relied on making their own entertainment

The Victorian era - ie the decades when Queen Victoria reigned from 1837 to 1901 - was a fascinating time of great change in Britain. The famous monarch - whose life is currently being dramatised in the ITV show starring Jenna Coleman - was born 200 years ago next month. During the 64 years that Queen Victoria was on the throne, Britain was also going through the Industrial Revolution. Machines for factories were invented that could make things quickly, like textiles – so, there were more textiles around to sell, and more people who wanted to buy them. With the invention of the steam train, the textiles could get to places further away than before. Life in the Victorian era changed very quickly for a lot of people, and cities became busier and more crowded.
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