Why is the Victorian era called the Victorian era?
The Victorian Era took its name from Queen Victoria. She ruled between 1837–1901.
When was the Victorian era?
Victorian era began in 1837 and ended with Queen Victoria's death in 1901.
Who are some famous Victorians?
Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, Charles Dickens, and John Cadbury are just some famous Victorians. Read on to find out about these famous Victorians and a few more.
Queen Victoria (1819-1901)
Queen Victoria reigned from 20th June 1837 to 22nd January 1901. Her reign began when she was 18 years old. She is the second longest reigning monarch in the UK, reigning for 63 years, 216 days. Queen Elizabeth II is the longest reigning monarch of the UK.
Learn more about The Victorians with this KS2 Victorian Topic pack, this KS1 History lesson about Queen Victoria or by reading this Queen Victoria fact blog.
Prince Albert (1819-1861)
Prince Albert was married to Queen Victoria. He supported causes like educational reform and the abolition of slavery worldwide.
Robert Peel (1788-1850)
Robert Peel introduced the modern police force to England. He was also a conservative Prime Minister of England twice.
Did you know...? The police are sometimes called Bobbies after Bobby (Robert) Peel.
John Cadbury (1802-1889)
John Cadbury was a chocolatier. He founded the chocolate company Cadburys. He opened his first shop in 1824 in Birmingham, where he sold drinking chocolate. In 1875 Cadbury’s made their first Easter egg.
Learn more about John Cadbury with this KS2 History lesson.
Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859)
Isambard Kingdom Brunel was an English civil engineer. He is considered to be one of the most important figures of the Industrial Revolution. He built dockyards, the Great Western Railway, steamships, bridges and tunnels.
Learn more about Isambard Kingdom Brunel with this lesson pack for KS2.
Charles Darwin (1809-1882)
Charles Darwin was a British naturalist, geologist and biologist. He is best known for his work on contributions to the science of evolution.
Learn more about Charles Darwin with this Evolution and Inheritance Year 6 Science lesson or this Great British Scientists UKS2 Science lesson.
Charles Dickens (1812-1870)
Charles Dickens was a famous Victorian author. He wrote A Christmas Carol, Oliver Twist, Great Expectations and many more books.
Florence Nightingale (1820-1910)
Florence Nightingale was known as “The Lady with the Lamp”. She is famous for being the founder of modern nursing due to her work during the Crimean War. She worked hard to improve nursing conditions and training.
Learn more about Florence Nightingale with this lesson pack for KS1, this KS2 History lesson or by reading this fact blog.
Louis Pasteur (1822-1895)
Louis Pasteur was a French chemist and microbiologist. His research in chemistry are the foundations of hygiene, public health and modern medicine. He developed vaccines for rabies and anthrax.
Learn more about Louis Pasteur with this KS2 History lesson.
Joseph Lister (1827-1912)
Joseph Lister was a British surgeon. He promoted the idea of sterile surgery, which included sterilising surgical instruments to clean wounds.
Learn more about Joseph Lister with this KS2 History lesson.
Henry Isaac Rowntree (1837-1883)
Henry Rowntree was the founder of Rowntree’s. Rowntree is one of the UKs largest confectionery businesses.
Dr Barnardo (1845-1905)
Dr Barnado opened homes for street children. The Barnados charity still helps children today.
Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922)
Alexander Graham Bell was a Scottish inventor, scientist and engineer who is credited with inventing the telephone.
Learn more about Alexander Graham Bell with this KS1 Science lesson, this KS1 History lesson or this KS2 DT lesson.
Thomas Edison (1847-1931)
Thomas Edison was an American inventor who has been described as America’s greatest inventor. He invented the incandescent light bulb, the photograph and the motion picture camera.
Learn more about Thomas Edison with this KS1 Science lesson, or this KS2 Science lesson.