Victoria was Queen of the United Kingdom for over 60 years – from 1837 until 1901 – and so what was normal at the beginning of her reign was not necessarily true at the end. Download the free key stage two educational worksheets on the Victorians here.
The first and possibly most important point to make about the Victorian period is that it was a period of great change. Victoria was Queen of the United Kingdom for over 60 years – from 1837 until 1901 – and so what was normal at the beginning of her reign was not necessarily true at the end.
When she was crowned in 1837 people would have relied upon paintings, prints or even her head on coins to know what she looked like. Photography was only introduced two years later. The first photographs to be taken in Jersey were taken in 1841 by a visiting French photographer in a studio built on the roof of the Royal Yacht Hotel. When Victoria died in 1901, not only were there photographs of the ceremony, there was moving film of the procession as well.
When she became Queen, the news was brought by letter from London by stage coach and then by ship, news of her death could have been telephoned to Jersey because the first telephone exchange was set up in the Island in 1888 twelve years after Alexander Graham Bell invented it. A telephone number first featured in a Jersey Times and British Press advert – H Elliot’s Springfield Nursery & 34 King Street Telephone No 18 – on 18 August 1888.
The Victorian Town Walk. Why not extend your visit to the Jersey Museum with a teacher-led walk around Victorian St Helier – this can be a valuable learning experience with great potential for continued follow-up work at school.
Spot the Victorians. As you go around the Merchant's House use you observation skills to see how many of these things you can spot.
Victorian Christmas Information Sheet. Many of the traditions we associate with Christmas began in the Victorian period, start your festive research here.
My Trip in Summary. Work sheet for recording your visit to the Merchant's House.
Take your own Victorian Style Photograph – Activity Sheet