Victorian Popular Culture

July 11, 2019
Book cover for Victorian-era edition of Aladdin.

This resource contains a wide range of source material relating to popular entertainment in America, Britain and Europe in the period from 1779 to 1930, and shows how interconnected these worlds were. It includes fascinating primary source material in the form of objects, printed books, ephemera, posters, photographs, playbills and more.  The content is broken into four modules:

  • Module I: Spiritualism, Sensation and Magic
  • Module II: Circuses, Sideshows and Freaks
  • Module III: Music Hall, Theatre and Popular Entertainment
  • Module IV: Moving Pictures, Optical Entertainments and the Advent of Cinema