The Marshfield Maidens, a 19th century training manual for household management


Until the mid-19th century, girls were far more likely be educated at home than at a school – if they received an education at all. Even afterwards, school curriculums emphasized different gender roles.

For girls, special stress was placed on domestic subjects, including cleaning, cooking and caring for young children. These tasks were re-branded as a new discipline: ‘domestic economy’. This course book, The Marshfield Maidens, aimed to teach girls some of these different domestic duties.

Full title:
Murby's Special Readers for Girls. The Marshfield Maidens and the Fairy Ordina, etc.
1874, London
Thomas Murby
Mrs W H Wigley
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British Library

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