Queen Victoria’s reign was an age of inventions and inequality, railways and rat pits, soldiers and suffragettes, Christmas trees and criminals… you get the picture. Let’s write a Victorian epic.
⊕ Go through the steps below to create your story...
1. Choose two Victorian locations:
- dark alley
- music hall
- gentleman’s club
- Whitechapel High Street
- Fleet Street
- match factory
- rat pit
- the workhouse
- the baby farm
The workhouse was a place where people too sick or poor to support themselves went to work (in return for food and a place to sleep). A 'baby farm' was a place where unmarried mothers send their babies - so they could go out and work.
2. Choose two characters to be in the story:
- Jack the Ripper
- Sherlock Holmes
- Sweeny Todd (the demon barber)
- Florence Nightingale
- Amelia Dyer (the baby farmer)
- a gambler
- the ‘peelers’ (policemen)
- a landlord
- an actress
- a criminal
- a rat catcher
- a match girl (factory worker)
The first three names - Sherlock, Jack and Sweeny - are fictional characters..
3. Choose two objects for your story...
- secret letter
- poison (arsenic)
- bottle of medicine
- gold sovereigns
- Choose your own idea
4. Write the story from the most exciting part.
If you are working with a partner - write one line each.