From 1837 -1901
Queen Victoria reigned over Britain. During this time Liverpool
grew and was given city status in 1880. Our population grew to
In this film we will look at……..
• why people came to live here
• what life was like
• What can we see of Victorian era in Liverpool 2014
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Liverpool Overhead Railway, opened in 1893, So opened before
those in New York and Chicago.
This enabled lots of people to get to work in and around the
docks. The railway could carry more people than other modes
Can you think of any other modes of transport you have seen
See if you can find out any other transportation firsts that
happened in Liverpool.
LIFE AND COMMUNITIES
The good, bad and the ugly
The port in Liverpool was established in 1715 this dock was the
world's first enclosed commercial dock. That means by the start
of Victorian era we had,
built up a trading industry and people from all over the world
settled here for over 120 years.
When the Albert Dock was built in 1846 it became a popular
store for valuable cargoes such as brandy, cotton, tea, silk,
tobacco, ivory and sugar.
Unfortunately we did trade in people (Slavery)
Slavery was a big part of Liverpool’s history people were
brought to Liverpool from Africa against their will, to work in
the Americas picking cotton or sugarcane etc. Money made
from this horrible practice can been seen today through the
grand buildings and architecture in our city.
In 1833 the Slavery Abolition Act was passed by Parliament in
London. Abolishing slavery throughout the British Empire
(with some exceptions) In 1839 British and Foreign Anti-
Slavery Society. The world's oldest international human rights
organization, it continues today as Anti-Slavery International
Lot’s of people came to Liverpool during this time. Mostly for
the job opportunities they could find here.
However during the 1840s, Irish migrants began arriving by the
thousands due to the Great Famine of 1845-1849. Almost
300,000 arrived in the year 1847 alone, and by 1851
approximately 25% of the city was Irish-born.
Lot’s of people also left from Liverpool to the “New World”
(America, South America, Canada and Australia)
Research into the community you live in ask yourself…
What was life like then (1837 -1901) ?
What did my community look like then?
What evidence of the Victorian era in left in your community