This was a period of great change, as cities grew, trade expanded and consumerism and popular culture blossomed. The Georgians witnessed the birth of industrialisation; radicalism and repression; and extreme luxury alongside extreme poverty. Find out more about the Georgians by exploring an array of historical sources and in-depth articles.


Crime and punishment

Crime and punishment in Georgian Britain

From gruesome, public executions to Georgian Britain’s adoration of the ‘heroic’ highwayman, Matthew White investigates attitudes to crime and punishment in Georgian Britain.

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Georgian entertainment: from pleasure gardens to blood sports

Matthew White examines the variety of entertainment and leisure activities enjoyed in Georgian Britain.

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Poverty in Georgian Britain

From the charitable relief of the Poor Law to the grim conditions of the workhouse, Matthew White examines attitudes to the poor in Georgian Britain.

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Health and hygiene

Health, hygiene and the rise of ‘Mother Gin’ in the 18th century

Against a backdrop of industrialisation and the subsequent over-crowding in the cities, Matthew White investigates health and hygiene in 18th century Britain.

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The rise of cities

The rise of cities in the 18th century

Cities expanded rapidly in 18th century Britain, with people flocking to them for work. Matthew White explores the impact on street life and living conditions in London and the expanding industrial cities of the North.

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