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Victorian Parasols Inspired Impressionists

Victorian parasols were objects of function that evolved into an art form in the 19th century. Light and elegant, they were made from every color in silk, taffeta, chiffon and satin. They were simple or adorned with lace, fringes and embroidery. Their handles could be simple, carved or

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Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; (c) Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (book); Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Weird Science

Inventions and Discoveries of the Industrial Revolution defined today’s world.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; (c) Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (book); Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Strange Times

Strange nineteenth-century customs, holidays and events echo in today’s world.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; (c) Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (book); Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Fashion Forward

Victorian Age fashion pushed forward into greater freedom.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; (c) Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (book); Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Secret Places

Advances in the Industrial Era spawned secret places, many of which you can still visit.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; (c) Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (book); Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Trailblazers

Nellie Bly and other Victorian Era visionaries blazed trails to your future.

Krakatau Volcano Java by Marianne North, 1876. Image: The Public Catalogue Foundation, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.

Natural Wonders

Explore pets, plants and other 19th century natural wonders and people who protected them.