A pot of toothpaste from 19th century

Talk: Alarming Electricity or Ghastly Gas? Tricky decisions for the late Victorian household


04 September 2019

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

Venue Abbey House Museum

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Come along to our talk inspired by the current exhibition Danger Zone. Exploring how the Victorians moved across from candles and paraffin lamps to gas and electricity, and the hazards involved.

It’s hard to imagine now, but in the 19th century gas and electricity were completely alien to households of Leeds. They were comfortable with using candles and paraffin, and moving to a new system which was controlled remotely filled them with fear. Once installed, the Victorian’s weren’t too keen on the look of electric lights and found both systems unreliable and expensive.

But times were changing and people could not put off the move forever. Often the women of the household made the decision to move across and their expertise in handling this change became very important as they adapted to a new world of household utilities.

With Professor Graeme Gooday (University of Leeds).

Booking required by phone 0113 378 4079 or email [email protected]

Tickets are £5.50 per person. Includes museum admission.

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