Victorians for Kids
Industrial revolution, schools, Queen Victoria & more!
There are so many fascinating things about the Victorians for kids to learn, from the industrial revolution to what a Victorian classroom was like.
Queen Victoria was on the throne for nearly 64 years, from 1837 until 1901. We call these years the Victorian era.
The Victorians were great inventors and made many advances in technology and science. Transport evolved from relying on horses to being powered by steam. Factories with steam-powered machines opened, which attracted thousands of people to the fast-growing cities to earn a living.
Queen Victoria was born in 1819 at Kensington Palace in London. Her uncle was King William IV, who had no children of his own, so the crown passed on to Victoria when he died.
The Victorians changed the way Britain’s towns and cities looked. With more people moving to the cities in search of work, it wasn’t only houses that needed to be built.
At the start of Victoria’s reign, only wealthy children went to school or had tutors, because education was not free.
Inventions and Discoveries
The Victorian era saw great progress in technology, which resulted in lots of new inventions.
There was great social change too; laws were passed to protect children, preventing them from working and providing them with an education up to the age of thirteen.
The Victorians changed the way Britain’s towns and cities looked. As well as extensive housing to accommodate the newly arrived factory workers, the Victorians built schools, libraries, bridges, theatres, stations, shops and hospitals. They also built Big Ben and Tower Bridge, both of which are iconic symbols of London today.