Amusing the Victorians

    Amusing the Victorians

    Leisure, Pleasure and Play in Victorian Britain

    Pamela Horn

    Amberley 2014

    Paperback 411pp

    9781445643649   Product Code: 24094

    We tend to think of the Victorians as humourless, hard-working people, yet the era witnessed an increase in spare time for many British workers, and the creation of a new phenomenon: the amusement industry. This eye-opening social history charts the unprecedented expansion of leisure activity between 1837 and 1901; the creation of parks, libraries, art galleries and museums; and the proliferation of sport, gardening, the music hall, pubs, fashion, fairs and excursions.

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