Victorian Education

Events

Ragged Schools

1818

John Pounds began teaching poor children without charging fees, started the 'Ragged Schools'

Birth of Victoria

1819

First Railroad operates between London and Manchester

1830

Births and Deaths Registration Act

1836

Registration Act required that all births, deaths, and marriages be recorded, this allowed legislators to know the age of minors and restrict their working hours.

Victorian Era

1837 - 1901

Coronation of Victoria

1838

London Library Opens

1840

Factories Act

1844

The Act limited the hours worked by children to six and a half, with three hours' schooling, and set a maximum 12-hour day for young people between 13 and 18.

Marx and Engles' Communist Manifesto is published

1848

The Great Exhibition in London

1851

Charles Darwin's Origin of Species is published

1851

This piece was highly controversial for its ideas that contradicted creationism.

First underground system opens in London

1863

Transatlantic cable laid between London and New York

1865

Forster Elementary Education Act

1870

Set the framework for schooling of all children between the ages of 5 and 12 in England and Wales

The University Test Act

1871

Abolished the law that all academics and students at Cambridge and Oxford Universities had to be practicing members of the Anglican church. This opened the universities to suitable people of all faith.

Sandon's Education Act

1876

Created School Attendance Committees to encourage children to attend school and parents were made responsible for ensuring that their children received basic instruction

Free Education Act

1891

Provided for the state payment of school fees up to ten shillings per week

Voluntary Schools Act

1897

Provided grants to public elementary schools not funded by school boards

First radio broadcast

1901

Death of Victoria

1901

Ended the Victorian Era