"Social and Historical events"

UK, (1815-1861)

Events

REFORM ACT (1)

1832

Middle class was given the vote.

FACTORY ACT

1833

It prevented children from being employed more than 48 hours a week and claimed no person under 18 could work more than 69 hours a week.

POOR LAW AMENDMENT ACT

1834

Workhouses were established. The poor had to give up their family life in return for basic support in workhouses.

BEGINNING OF QUEEN VICTORIA'S REIGN

1837

Queen Victoria came to the throne; she was just 18 years old and was guided by her statesmen.

PEOPLE'S CHARTER

1838

A document which demanded the vote for all adult males, elections by secret ballot and payment of MPs.

MARRIAGE BETWEEN QUEEN VICTORIA AND PRINCE ALBERT

1840

IRISH POTATO FAMINE

1845

THE PRICE OF CORN WAS FREED

1846

The "Corn Law" movement was eventually successful when Prime Minister Robert Peel was forced to free the price of corn.

TEN HOURS' ACT

1847

It satisfied religious philanthropists by limiting the working hours to ten a day for all workers.

THE GREAT EXHIBITION

1851

(Crystal Palace)

CRIMEAN WAR

1853 - 1856

Britain supported some liberal causes, but never to the point of disturbing the balance of power. It happened, for instance, taking part in the Crimean War: indeed Russia was becoming too powerful against the weak Turkish Empire.

BUILDING OF THE LONDON UNDERGROUND

1854

INDIAN MUTINY

1857

British rule in India -the most lucrative colony of the British Empire- was shocked by the Indian Mutiny, after which the native population were given less responsibility.

PRINCE ALBERT'S DEATH

1861

He died from typhoid.

REFORM ACT (2)

1867

It gave the vote to skilled working men.