An evening of Victorian obsessions, passions and distractions, from the darker side of 19th Century Britain through theories about the true identity of Jack the Ripper, to the lighter side in the boom in entertainment, arts and culture. Dress to impress (or depress) if you wish in your favourite Victorian inspired fashions!Book Tickets
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An evening of Victorian obsessions, passions and distractions, from the darker side of 19th Century Britain through theories about the true identity of Jack the Ripper, to the lighter side in the boom in entertainment, arts and culture. Dress to impress (or depress) if you wish in your favourite Victorian inspired fashions!
Dress to Depress
Join Kate as she laces up her corset and dons her crepe petticoats to give a broad introduction to the weird and wonderful world of Victorian mourning. Following the death of Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s elaborate performance of grief set the tone for future social conventions. Newspapers and magazines advertised the latest mourning fashions, black-framed stationery, burial clubs and which brooches best conveyed suffering. For many Victorians, death was as much a part of everyday life as life itself and the all-encompassing death business has been unrivalled ever since! Kate is an avid collector of Victorian death and memorial artefacts and delivers talks up and down the country on her morbid interests, illustrated with her own collection of mourning wear, jewels and ephemera.
A clash of new scientific discoveries and religious ideals in the Victorian era led to a fascination with the paranormal, psychic encounters, mesmerism and more. Enter Robert D’Onston Stephenson: a man of mystery, internationally travelled (he fought alongside Garibaldi), student of black magic and, according to some, the real Jack the Ripper. Or was he? Hull-based historian Mike Covell, expert on both the paranormal and the Ripper, delves into the history of Stephenson, whose family hailed from Lincolnshire, showing the difference between fact and fiction, and exposing the real man behind THE BLACK MAGIC MYTH. Mike is the author of 26 books on true crime, the paranormal and Jack the Ripper, and advisor on TV shows such as Most Haunted, Paranormal Lockdown and Ouija: Dicing with Death
The Victorians had a passion for mass entertainment and in this ‘lively and superbly researched book’ (The Times), Lee explores the invention and growth of entertainment in the 19th century. PALACES OF PLEASURE opens a window to the gin palaces, music halls, pleasure gardens, dance halls, exhibitions, football and the seaside. Lee has an unbounded fascination with Victorian social history an is the author of both fiction and non-fiction of the period. His first book, LONDON DUST, was nominated for the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award. He is also the creator of the website The Dictionary of Victorian London, a massive compilation of primary sources charting the social history of the 19th century metropolis.