Event—Adult Education

Victorian London, 1837-1901


Covering topics like crime, public health, architecture, and more, this class will explore the growing metropolis of London during the Victorian era.

19th-century Snow Hill, Holburn, London. Source: Unknown author, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Class Description

From the splendor of Buckingham Palace and the neo-Gothic Houses of Parliament to the rookeries of St. Giles and slums of the East End, London during the Victorian era was a city of contrasts. This class will explore the growing metropolis through such topics as poverty and crime, health and sanitation, the coming of railways, suburban expansion, imperial architecture, opportunities for women and immigrants, and popular amusements, including pubs and music halls.

Frank Biletz received his PhD in history from the University of Chicago, with a primary specialization in modern British and Irish history. He is currently Adjunct Instructor in History at Loyola University Chicago and has been teaching seminars at the Newberry since 1994.

Materials List


First Reading:

  • No first reading assignment

Cost and Registration

Eight sessions, $305 ($274.50 for Newberry members, seniors, and students). Learn about becoming a member.

To register multiple people for this class, please go through the course calendar in Learning Stream, our registration platform. When you select the course and register, you’ll be prompted to add another registrant.


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