A Look into how they Lived, Played, Worked and Survived.
Life for Victorian Children in Victorian times (1830 to 1900) was nothing like childhood in today’s world. For the wealthy there was an overwhelming sense of boredom and the constant prodding to be proper and polite with very little parent to child communication. For the poor Victorian Children life was much different. The poor children had to work public jobs for their families to survive. Toys were nothing more than homemade dolls or wooden blocks. On the other hand their family life was tighter knit and more loving.
There were laws that were passed over a period of several decades that slightly improved the working conditions and treatment of children. It wasn’t until people like Lord Shaftesbury and Thomas Agnew took action that true change took place.
Victorian Child Labor was prevalent in the Victorian Era. Here is a list of several types of jobs that children did.
From the ever popular extravagance of the Victorian Dress for wealthy ladies to the basic hand me downs of the Poor Victorian children. As times changed so did the clothing styles.
A popular opinion of many historical clothing “experts” is that the birth of the Victorian dress with all of its pomp and flamboyance