Since we are only children, I thought it would be better to start from the childhood and education in the Victorian England. There might be information that you would like or find interesting if you do please reply to me I would be more than happy to tell more about that subject.

A child living in London at the 19th century would have experienced a very different childhood than we experience today. There was a huge social difference between the poor and the rich. The life of a wealthy child was very different from that of a poor child. Wealthier children in 19th century were made aware of the suffering of the poor through the moral and religious education they received at Church Sunday schools. Those more comfortably off were encouraged to help those less fortunate than themselves by donating their money and time to charity. By the 19th century, not only families but the government too had changed the way it treated children. At the time, more than a third of those living in England were under 15 years old. In an attempt to control the growing numbers of young people whilst, at the same time, protecting them from violence and poverty, the government introduced laws relating to the specific needs of children. This new attitude helped children to develop their own identity. They were no longer officially seen as 'miniature adults' but treated as a distinct social group with their own needs and interests which deserved special laws and treatment.
At the beginning of the 19th century, children were not required to go to school but, by 1899, all children up to the age of twelve officially had the opportunity of going to school. The sort of education they received depended very much on how wealthy their families were. Rich children could be educated at home by a private tutor or governess; boys were sent to boarding schools such as Eton or Harrow. The sons of middle-class families attended grammar schools or private academies. When Queen Victoria came to the throne in 1837, the only schools available for poor children were charity and church schools or 'dame' schools set up by unqualified teachers in their own homes. Ragged schools were introduced in the 1840s. They were established as charities and relied on people donating money and volunteering to become teachers. Many people could still not afford to send their children to school. The teaching in these schools was often poor and undertaken by monitors who were only about 12 years old. Classes were large and often had over 60 pupils.
London was an exciting city for children. Many spent much of their day on the streets where there was always some form of music and entertainment to enjoy, including organ grinders, acrobats and jugglers. Wealthier children with more leisure time could visit the zoo, museums, exhibitions and art galleries and from 1894 enjoy a ride on the revolving Great Wheel at Earls Court. At Christmas time they may have been taken to the theater to watch a pantomime. At home they played with a range of toys from wax dolls to toy soldiers and train sets. There were many toy shops in London including Hamley's 'Noah's Ark' Toy Warehouse. In the Strand there was even a specialist toy arcade called Lowther's lined with many small toy shops selling a range of both expensive and cheap, mass-produced toys.external image moz-screenshot.jpg



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An all girls school.

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A picture where it shows games that were played by the kids.


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A ball for children.


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A music class in a school that is all boys.

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A Victorian London Toy Shop.