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Step back in time


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From 1837 -1901Queen Victoria reigned over Britain. During this time Liverpool grew and was given city status in

1880. Our population grew to over 700,000.

In this film we will look at……..• why people came to live here

• what life was like • What can we see of Victorian era in Liverpool


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If you want to find out more about a topic click on the magnifying glass icon

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CITY LIFEThe hustle and bustle

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Think about how ……

Victorian city life differs from now.Is the city clean and tidy?What are people wearing?

Why do you think they are rushing around?Did you spot any other differences?

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TRANSPORTGetting from A to B

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Liverpool Overhead Railway, opened in 1893, So opened before those in New York and Chicago.

This enabled lots of people to get to work in and around the docks. The railway could carry more

people than other modes of transport.Can you think of any other modes of transport

you have seen so far?See if you can find out any other transportation

firsts that happened in Liverpool.

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LIFE AND COMMUNITIESThe good, bad and the ugly

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The port in Liverpool was established in 1715 this dock was the world's first enclosed commercial

dock. That means by the start of Victorian era we had,

built up a trading industry and people from all over the world settled here for over 120 years.

When the Albert Dock was built in 1846 it became a popular store for valuable cargoes such as brandy,

cotton, tea, silk, tobacco, ivory and sugar.

Unfortunately we did trade in people (Slavery)

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Slavery was a big part of Liverpool’s history people were brought to Liverpool from Africa against their

will, to work in the Americas picking cotton or sugarcane etc. Money made from this horrible practice can been seen today through the grand buildings and

architecture in our city.

In 1833 the Slavery Abolition Act was passed by Parliament in London. Abolishing slavery throughout the British Empire (with some exceptions) In 1839

British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society.[8] The world's oldest international human rights organization,

it continues today as Anti-Slavery International

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Settlers Lot’s of people came to Liverpool during this time.

Mostly for the job opportunities they could find here.

However during the 1840s, Irish migrants began arriving by the thousands due to the Great Famine of 1845-1849. Almost 300,000 arrived in the year

1847 alone, and by 1851 approximately 25% of the city was Irish-born.

Lot’s of people also left from Liverpool to the “New World”

(America, South America, Canada and Australia)

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BUILDINGSThen and now

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Research Project Research into the community you live in ask


What was life like then (1837 -1901) ?What did my community look like then?

What evidence of the Victorian era in left in your community today?

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