3d History

British Timeline: Victorian

1837Queen Victoria is crowned.
Charles Dickens publishes his first novel Pickwick Papers.
1840Queen Victoria marries Prince Albert.
The Penny post service is introduced.
1844Potato famine in Ireland.
1845Brunel builds the S.S. Great Britain, the first steamship driven by propeller.
1847Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte is published.
Jane Erye by Charlotte Bronte is published.
1848'Communist Manifesto' is published byKarl Marx and Frederich Engels.
1851Great Exhibition of 1851 at the Crystal Palace.
1853Crimean war starts.
1861Prince Albert dies of typhoid fever aged 42.
1867A new law is introduced by Disraeli so that all taxpayers can now vote.
1868The last shipment of convicts to Australia sets sail from England.
1877Telephones invented by Alexander Graham Bell are commercially available.
Thomas Edison invents the phonograph.
1879Zulu War
Electric light-bulb invented by Edison.
1885Karl Benz builds the first automobile.
1888The murderous Jack the Ripper terrorises the East End of London.
1901Marconi transmits a radio signal across the Atlantic.
Queen Victoria dies

During the Victorian period Britain achieved great economic growth which, in turn, supported the expansion of the Empire.However there was a cost for all this. The divide between the classes grew and the poor suffered. The new factories required people to work in them and conditions, especially for the young, were far from being ideal.

Not everybody was eligible to vote, and those that were had their own reasons to keep Britain the way it was. Even so it was a time of great change with lots of exiting new inventions and advances in technology, medicine, education and other things.

Charles Dickens The Great Irish Potato Famine   The Origin of Species - Charles Darwin Men of Iron : Brunel, Stephenson and the Inventions That Shaped the Modern World - Isambard Kingdom Brunel - Robert Stephenson