Victorian Children as Unruly as Today’s

Victorian children were seen and not heard ... not quite.

The Victorian era has been touted as a period when children were well behaved, painstakingly dressed and, most importantly, expected to be seen and not heard. But research by the University of Manchester suggests Victorian children were in fact, every bit as unruly as today’s.

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PhD student Ruth Colton has carried out archaeological digs and studied children’s behavior at parks in Manchester, London and West Yorkshire, built during the 1800s to give people in towns and cities access to clean air.

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She also looked at park bye laws, newspaper reports, photographs, postcards and children’s literature and found evidence of smoking, drinking and poaching. Incidents of children sitting on park benches shouting abuse at women walking past were also rife. Read Full Article ››