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The Victorians were the first truly world wide, high speed, high tech civilisation, but they are often misunderstood. Your host, Chris Fernandez-Packham, will bust popular myths, cover events around the world, and focus on a people centric history. You will see how the Victorians shaped the world, changing it from the age of horse, musket, cannon and sail to the age of steam, rifle and iron in this monthly podcast with regular special episodes and bonus content. You will learn about Queen Victoria, Charles Dickens, Volcanoes, Famines, great art, geography and so much more.



You will discover how the Victorians changed our landscapes, and mastered new energy forms that have led us to move from being a part of the natural world to shapers of it. You will learn how the modern world was created by the actions of the Victorians. You will learn how the Victorians gave birth to our modern understanding of weather, climate, history and even time and space.

AGE OF VICTORIA PODCAST Chris Fernandez-Packham (Victorian History Lover/Queen Victoria Fan)

    • History
    • 4.6 • 53 Ratings

The Victorians were the first truly world wide, high speed, high tech civilisation, but they are often misunderstood. Your host, Chris Fernandez-Packham, will bust popular myths, cover events around the world, and focus on a people centric history. You will see how the Victorians shaped the world, changing it from the age of horse, musket, cannon and sail to the age of steam, rifle and iron in this monthly podcast with regular special episodes and bonus content. You will learn about Queen Victoria, Charles Dickens, Volcanoes, Famines, great art, geography and so much more.



You will discover how the Victorians changed our landscapes, and mastered new energy forms that have led us to move from being a part of the natural world to shapers of it. You will learn how the modern world was created by the actions of the Victorians. You will learn how the Victorians gave birth to our modern understanding of weather, climate, history and even time and space.

    SPECIAL: DEATH OF QUEEN ELIZABETH II

    SPECIAL: DEATH OF QUEEN ELIZABETH II

    The death of Queen Elizabeth II is a momentous event in modern British history. This special episode contains some facts about her life, reflections on events, thoughts about King Charles III, the Royal Finances, the constitution, national decline, the Commonwealth, and possibilities for the future.







    This episode covers;







    * Intro * Birth, coronation & television* WW2 & the ATS* Post war austerity, the Elizabethan rebirth, more television* The start of the Commonwealth & retreat from Empire* Famous friends, anecdotes and gin* Internationalism* Royal finances* Constitutional problems* Colonialism, anti colonialism, reparations and artefacts* The Koh-i-Noor* Troubled waters ahead.* A last note of hope?







    If you want to get in touch, I’d love to hear from you. You can email me at ageofvictoriapodcast@gmail.com, follow me on twitter @ageofvictoria, visit the website at www.ageofvictoriapodcast.com. The show also has a facebook page and group. Just search for Age of Victoria. Don’t forget to leave a review on Apple Podcasts, it takes less time than making a coffee. You can also subscribe for free on most major podcast apps. To support the show on Patreon, either CLICK HERE or you can go to Patreon and search for Age of Victoria podcast or my name. Take care and bye for now.

    • 38 min
    EP046 A TOUCH OF CLASS

    EP046 A TOUCH OF CLASS

    The essential guide to the Victorian class system. There was more to being middle class than drinking tea, and the working class weren’t all up the Chimney. From the well dressed footman, to the Haymarket prostitute, to the pie seller, and duke. All of Victorian life is here.







    * This episode covers. * Intro. * A discussion of what is Class.* A tiny bit of Marx.* Life at the top.* I say, those young people today, they are frightfully uptight.* We are a most humble Queen.* Prince Albert knows his place, and he doesn’t like it.* The Spencers.* The middle class – super stars and clubs.* The middle class – the rest.* The vibrant skilled working class and their poets.* Upstairs, Downstairs.* Beaulieu; all hands to the pumps.* The desperate poor on the scrap heap.* Anglo Indians, and the native Indian Aristocracy.* Travellers.* Minorities and the oppressed.* The great north south divide.* North & South; Gaskell and industrialists.* The outsiders; Superstars and the Out of Place.* “This Green and Pleasant Land”.







    If you want to get in touch, I’d love to hear from you. You can email me at ageofvictoriapodcast@gmail.com, follow me on twitter @ageofvictoria, visit the website at www.ageofvictoriapodcast.com. The show also has a facebook page and group. Just search for Age of Victoria. Don’t forget to leave a review on Apple Podcasts, it takes less time than making a coffee. You can also subscribe for free on most major podcast apps. To support the show on Patreon, either CLICK HERE or you can go to Patreon and search for Age of Victoria podcast or my name. Take care and bye for now.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    MINI020 WOMEN GETTING DRESSED 1840s style

    MINI020 WOMEN GETTING DRESSED 1840s style

    This much requested episode deals with the important but fun topic of women’s clothes and fashions in the 1840s. If you want to understand how a Victorian woman dressed and why, this is the episode for you. 



































    * This episode covers. * Intro & reviews.* The importance of dressing well.* We don’t do business casual. * Victoria, a Goth.* Starting the day, the chemise* Bloomers, and worries about the French.* Stockings, colours and fun.* The corset – Patriarchy not included.* The corset – exploding the myths* The corset – tight lacing, narrow waists, health hazards and missing ribs.* Corsets – a big hit with the men.* Dresses, daywear and sewing.* Don’t forget your hat, I mean bonnet.* Some shoes, and dressing for the weather. * Riding outfits.* Evening dresses, and gowns fit for an Empress. * What you wear is not a political statement yet.



































    If you want to get in touch, I’d love to hear from you. You can email me at ageofvictoriapodcast@gmail.com, follow me on twitter @ageofvictoria, visit the website at www.ageofvictoriapodcast.com. The show also has a facebook page and group. Just search for Age of Victoria. Don’t forget to leave a review on Apple Podcasts, it takes less time than making a coffee. You can also subscribe for free on most major podcast apps. To support the show on Patreon, either CLICK HERE or you can go to Patreon and search for Age of Victoria podcast or my name. Take care and bye for now.

    • 47 min
    EP045: THE GRAVEST CHOICE – VICTORIAN ERA ABORTION

    EP045: THE GRAVEST CHOICE – VICTORIAN ERA ABORTION

    This episode deals with the real and harrow position for women during with contraception, pregnancy, and abortion in the Victorian era. Campaigners like Annie Besant attacked the patriarchy, and fought for the right to be heard. Women risked their lives getting dangerous abortions, in constant fear of the law, whilst the great scandal of the Victorian era, infanticide, loomed in the background. From the courts to the back alleys, join me in experiencing the reality of life before the pill. 







    This episode covers. 







    Intro & reviews.







    Musings on the direction of the podcast







    The basics of periods







    What the doctor though – 1840s style.







    Women’s underwear and period pain.







    Menstrual leave, a feminist issue.







    Ovulation and fertility.







    Birth control.







    Annie Besant goes on the warpath.







    Mortality and unstable families.







    Victorian Birth Control







    Abortion and the criminal law







    Religion and gender.







    Abortion in practice.







    Abortion – a personal account by Mary Wolfe







    Murder charges







    When things went wrong.







    Illegitimacy as a motivation.







    Infanticide, the great scandal.







    The crime of concealment of birth.







    Criminals preying on the vulnerable.







    A tough lot.







    If you want to get in touch, I’d love to hear from you. You can email me at ageofvictoriapodcast@gmail.com, follow me on twitter @ageofvictoria, visit the website at www.ageofvictoriapodcast.com. The show also has a facebook page and group. Just search for Age of Victoria. Don’t forget to leave a review on Apple Podcasts, it takes less time than making a coffee. You can also subscribe for free on most major podcast apps. To support the show on Patreon, either CLICK HERE or you can go to Patreon and search for Age of Victoria podcast or my name. Take care and bye for now.

    • 44 min
    5TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL – SAY CHEESE

    5TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL – SAY CHEESE

    This anniversary is a memorable event and naturally deserves to be photographed by the paparazzi. But what was the story of the invention of the photograph, and how did it become a Victorian icon? A story filled with invention, persistence, a lot of daring do, and possibly holding back some manly tears. Not to mention artistic nudes, pioneering thinking from governments, lots of chemicals and real dedication. 







     This episode covers. 







    * Intro & reviews.* Some all time great photographs.* The veil of history.* Early steps towards photography.* No invention is a vacuum.* The Daguerreotype and patents* Henry Fox Talbot & the Calotype.* The Collodion process* Photography spreads out around the world.* What was photography for?* Photography in India.* The unflappable Samuel Bourne.* Yes, but it it art?* The female nude.* It’s not just naked women; other uses for photographs.* The artist creates the truth by destroying it; making fake photos for art.* What is art, truth and how did all this matter?* A plea for support* Thank you’s.* The Daguerreotype and patents







    If you want to get in touch, I’d love to hear from you. You can email me at ageofvictoriapodcast@gmail.com, follow me on twitter @ageofvictoria, visit the website at www.ageofvictoriapodcast.com. The show also has a facebook page and group. Just search for Age of Victoria. Don’t forget to leave a review on Apple Podcasts, it takes less time than making a coffee. You can also subscribe for free on most major podcast apps. To support the show on Patreon, either CLICK HERE or you can go to Patreon and search for Age of Victoria podcast or my name. Take care and bye for now.

    • 42 min
    EP044 SEX RELIGION AND WEDDING NIGHT BLUES – VICTORIA SEX PT2

    EP044 SEX RELIGION AND WEDDING NIGHT BLUES – VICTORIA SEX PT2

    Our dive under the covers continues. How did sex and religion come together in the Victorian era? How was the bible such an influence on men & women’s sexuality? Should a religious Victorian be having sex? Some evolutionary pitfalls, social problems and a couple of wedding nights to talk about.







    This episode covers.







    * Intro & reviews.* The duties of Eve.* A morally ambiguous bible.* Seems risky.* Those teenager cave people.* Wars, unrest and shipping em off to the Empire.* Art and desexualisation.* Is she really a seamstress?* Queen Victoria enjoys herself…….* Ruskin and Effie do not.* On that bombshell, it’s good night from me.







    If you want to get in touch, I’d love to hear from you. You can email me at ageofvictoriapodcast@gmail.com, follow me on twitter @ageofvictoria, visit the website at www.ageofvictoriapodcast.com. The show also has a facebook page and group. Just search for Age of Victoria. Don’t forget to leave a review on Apple Podcasts, it takes less time than making a coffee. You can also subscribe for free on most major podcast apps. To support the show on Patreon, either CLICK HERE you can go to Patreon and search for Age of Victoria podcast or my name. Take care and bye for now.

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
53 Ratings

53 Ratings

DarrenInItaly ,

Well done Chris

Chris’ Podcast is one of the few I’ve found compelled to subscribe to. The time he spends on researching the topics is obvious. As an Australian who’s lived in the UK for many years, I do appreciate the inclusion Australia, NZ and other parts of the empire, as it was. Personally, I admire the way Chris avoids tedious cliches, which is so very refreshing and also so important to understand the era and locations involved.

StoriesScotland ,

Intriguing, well researched history

I discovered this podcast on Twitter and I’m so glad I did. The host is empathetic, going into the nuances of Victorian history. He doesn’t subscribe to sensationalising history, instead looking at cases from different angles, drawing thoughtful reflections.
It’s very clever, well considered & I found myself hooked by his insightful perspective.
Great sound quality too! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cantplaypool ,

Sorry I haven’t reviewed before!

I love this podcast, the host has a lovely soft voice and presents the story with humour, respect and facts. As a bit of a newfound victorio-Phile (is that a thing?) listening to this show in chronological order has filled in many a gap. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing. The episodes on colonial Australia I have really liked as I’m always interested in that part of British and colonialHistory.

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