Victorian Popular Culture

Material on popular entertainment in the 19th and early 20th centuries

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Research tool covering a broad range of source content, relating to popular entertainment in America, Britain and Europe in the period from 1779 to 1930. It contains artefacts, ephemera, periodicals, printed books and merchandise. Research is supported with useful secondary sources including contextual essays, biographies and an interactive chronology.

The collection is grouped around four themes:

  • Spiritualism, Sensation and Magic
  • Circuses, Sideshows and Freaks
  • Music Hall, Theatre and Popular Entertainment
  • Moving Pictures, Optical Entertainments and the Advent of Cinema

Useful if you study

  • Drama
  •  Theatre studies
  •  Film
  •  Music
  •  History
  •  Literature

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