The department's research seminar (Thursday evenings during teaching term) attracts distinguished speakers from Ireland and abroad, and provides research students with an opportunity to present their work.
Thursday, 12 November 2020 at 6pm, online via Zoom
Alice Johnson (Queen's University, Belfast)
'Middle-class life in Victorian Belfast'
Middle-class life in Victorian Belfast focuses on the middle-class elite who shaped the fastest-growing city in nineteenth-century Britain - the place that was known as Linenopolis, 'The Manchester of Ireland' and the Northern Athens. Middle-class life in Victorian Belfast fills a major gap in the history of pre-twentieth century Belfast and represents a fresh and original look at Irish history, focusing on a place and time that have been neglected by social historians. It is also a substantial contribution to British urban history as it reconstructs the social and cultural world of an industrial city's upper middle classes between the 1830s and the 1880s.
Based on extensive primary material, Alice Johnson's research offers new, interesting and original insights into the bourgeoisie in nineteenth-century Ireland. Her book vividly reconstructs the social world of upper middle-class Belfast during the time of the city’s greatest growth, between the 1830s and the 1880s. Using extensive primary material including personal correspondence, memoirs, diaries and newspapers, the author draws a rich portrait of Belfast society and explores both the public and inner lives of Victorian bourgeois families, including the private lives of mothers, fathers, wives, husbands and children.
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