A pot of toothpaste from 19th century

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

Date/Time

04 September 2019

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

Venue Abbey House Museum

Tags Adult, Event, Talk,

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 abbey.house@leeds.gov.uk

Tickets are £5.50 per person. Includes museum admission.

Upcoming Events

May 2020

June
MO
TU
WE
TH
FR
SA
SU
27
28
29
30
1
2
3
Events for May

1st

No Events
Events for May

2nd

No Events
Events for May

3rd

No Events
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
Events for May

4th

No Events
Events for May

5th

No Events
Events for May

6th

No Events
Events for May

7th

No Events
Events for May

8th

No Events
Events for May

9th

No Events
Events for May

10th

No Events
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
Events for May

11th

No Events
Events for May

12th

No Events
Events for May

13th

No Events
Events for May

14th

No Events
Events for May

15th

No Events
Events for May

16th

No Events
Events for May

17th

No Events
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
Events for May

18th

No Events
Events for May

19th

No Events
Events for May

20th

No Events
Events for May

21st

No Events
Events for May

22nd

No Events
Events for May

23rd

No Events
Events for May

24th

No Events
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
Events for May

25th

No Events
Events for May

26th

No Events
Events for May

27th

No Events
Events for May

28th

No Events
Events for May

29th

Events for May

30th

Events for May

31st

1
2
3
4
5
6
7