Victorian Britain is a summer school program in Hobart. This course will look at the life and times of Queen Victoria who reigned over the British Empire between 1837 and 1901. During that period Britain underwent what amounted to a revolution in industry, agriculture, transport, politics, science, medicine and the arts. We will spend five days looking at some of the developments in these fields and attempt to come to an understanding of just what made Britain such an enormously powerful nation.
During the period that Victoria was on the throne the British Empire reached its greatest extent with the queen proudly proclaimed as Empress of India. Britain led the world in manufacture, spurred on by advances in technology, and railroads criss-crossed the country replacing canals and roads. Charles Darwin revolutionised the way people thought, Florence Nightingale fought to clean up the hospitals and even Queen Victoria used an anaesthetic for the birth of her last two children.
During the week that the course runs we will (among other things):
Learn about the life of Victoria and her family
Explore the work of contemporary novelists, poets and artists
Examine the lives of the rich and famous and contrast that with the way the poor existed in city slums
Trace developments in democracy and in the suffragette movement
Discover how Britain came to lead the world in developments in technology and science.
Today, everybody seems to agree that something has gone badly wrong with the British welfare state. In the midst of economic crisis, politicians and commentators talk about benefits as a lifestyle choice, and of 'skivers' living off hard-working 'strivers' as they debate what a welfare state fit for the twenty-first century might look like.
This major new history tells the story of one the greatest transformations in British intellectual, social and political life: the creation of the welfare state, from the Victorian workhouse, where you had to be destitute to receive help, to a moment just after the Second World War, when government embraced responsibilities for people's housing, education, health and family life, a commitment that was unimaginable just a century earlier. Though these changes were driven by developments in different and sometimes unexpected currents in British life, they were linked by one over-arching idea: that through rational and purposeful intervention, government can remake society. It was an idea that, during the early twentieth century, came to inspire people across the political spectrum.
In exploring this extraordinary transformation, Bread for All explores and challenges our assumptions about what the welfare state was originally for, and the kinds of people who were involved in creating it. In doing so, it asks what the idea continues to mean for us today.
The Tasmania Wilderness summer school is held annually in Hobart in early January. This summer school allows you to experience the great western wilderness of Tasmania, while staying at a comfortable ‘base camp’ in a Hobart hotel!
This lecture series examines the ANZAC story throughout the Great War from Gallipoli (1915) to the Western Front (1918) through the life of Australia’s greatest wartime military leader Lt General Sir John Monash.
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