Palaces of Pleasure: How the Victorians Invented Mass Entertainment

Palaces of Pleasure: How the Victorians Invented Mass Entertainment

This event has finished Took place on: Wednesday, 25th Aug 2021

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From music halls to football, well-known historian Lee Jackson uncovers how the Victorians had fun

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Contrary to their reputation as dour, buttoned-up prudes, the Victorians knew how to be frivolous and have fun. Join Victorianist and author Lee Jackson for a fascinating virtual event, hosted by national charity The Reading Agency, in which he will discuss his book, Palaces of Pleasure: How the Victorians Invented Mass Entertainment.

In his latest book, Lee charts the rise of well-known institutions such as gin palaces, music halls, seaside resorts and football clubs, as well as the more peculiar attractions of the pleasure garden and international exposition, ranging from parachuting monkeys to theme park thrill rides.

He explores how vibrant mass entertainment came to dominate leisure time and how the attempts of religious groups and secular improvers to curb ‘immorality’ in the pub, variety theatre and dance hall faltered in the face of commercial success. The Victorians’ unbounded love of leisure created a nationally significant and influential economic force: the modern entertainment industry.

Palaces of Pleasure is published by Yale University Press.


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2021-08-25 2021-08-25 Europe/London Palaces of Pleasure: How the Victorians Invented Mass Entertainment From music halls to football, well-known historian Lee Jackson uncovers how the Victorians had fun. https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2021/08/25/palaces-of-pleasure-how-the-victorians-invented-mass-entertainment-273025 ,,,

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