Victorian middle-class life wasn’t just work, study and living a strict moral life. Victorian middle-class families held musical evenings when they gathered around a piano and sang. Stamp-collecting, butterfly-collecting and photography were popular hobbies for middle-class Victorians. They also enjoyed musical theatre and attended Gilbert and Sullivan productions.
Shopping was a very popular pastime for middle-class Victorian women. Whiteley’s, the first department store, opened in West London in 1863 — it is still there today. Many of our Christmas traditions are directly from the Victorians and include Christmas cards, Christmas crackers, Christmas trees and Father Christmas.