Life in Victorian Britain

Lesson rationale

According to Charles Booth’s poverty map of London however, well over a third of Londoners - and in reality a far greater percentage of the national population - lived in abject poverty. So what was it like to be poor in Victorian Britain? This lesson is aimed at children in upper Key Stage 2 and could form part of a larger study of the Victorians and/or Industrial Britain as part of a chronological unit of study after 1066.

Key questions in this lesson:

  • What was it like to live in Victorian Britain?
  • What were the key differences in life for rich and poor?