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Write your own story – Victorians

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.

Victorian gent

⊕ Go through the steps below to create your story...

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1. Choose two Victorian locations:

  • dark alley
  • music hall
  • gentleman’s club
  • Whitechapel High Street
  • graveyard
  • Fleet Street
  • match factory
  • rat pit
  • the workhouse
  • the baby farm
  • hospital

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...

  • razor
  • secret letter
  • gun
  • kosh
  • 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.