I’ve been obsessed with all things Victorian since I started tracing my family history at the age of 16 many moons ago. This made me want to find out more about how my ancestors lived and worked. Everything about daily life in the era fascinates me, from clothing and transport through to health and housing.
I’m a freelance writer and author of many social history books based in the Victorian period. You can find out more about my writing by visiting my author website. In 2014, I was able to express my obsession in print with the publication of A Visitor’s Guide to Victorian England. What was it like to ride on a horse-drawn omnibus? How did people avoid bedbugs? Was it difficult to get about while wearing a crinoline? And what treatment could the Victorians get if they fell ill? I covered all these topics and much, much more.
I set up this blog to share research and stories that didn’t make it into the book. The idea is to explore aspects of life in the Victorian period so that you can imagine exactly what it would be like to be there. Feel free to add comments or to suggest ideas for new posts.