If you or your organization are interested in courses or lectures (whether listed here or not), please do not hesitate to contact me.
Hands-on courses for interpreters, museum staff, re-enactors – or anyone interested in Victorian life. Organized in small groups, these courses provide a supportive atmosphere, and a mix of practical know how, historical information and physical skills. Course curriculum for interpreters, museum staff and re-enactors may be specifically tailored to their requirements.
Courses listed below are of General Interest:
- To The Manor Born – Etiquette Of The Wealthy Family
- Downstairs Runs The House – Day to Day Expectations and Duties of Servants
- Victorian & Edwardian – The Weird & Macabre
- Loose Women – Dressing & Undressing in Victorian Times
- Hair, Wigs & Makeup – A Ladies Guide to Victorian Beauty
- What’s Cooking in the Victorian Kitchen?
- Love Potion #9 – Creating Perfumes & Oils
- The Art of Victorian Letter Writing
- The Penny Dreadful – Victorian Pulp Fiction
Lectures are on a variety of topics aimed to be accessible to a general audience. They may also be specialized to offer a more in depth approach for a particular subject or interest. Below is a list of popular lectures and is an indication of subjects available (but not limited to).
- Jack Sprat Will Eat No Fat – Dietary Ailments
- The Victorian Apothecary – Deadly Home Remedies
- Madness, Melancholy and the Wandering Womb
- Darwin – Man versus God
- Death Rituals of the Victorian Era
- Chinese Diaspora – The Opium Den of Iniquity
- Victoriana versus Canadiana
- Hamilton – Canada’s Victorian City
- Infant Mortality in Victorian Canada
- Victorian & Edwardian New Age Philosophies
- Corsets – Deadly Beauty
- Widow’s Weeds – A Woman’s Life after Her Husband’s Death
- Victorian Back Alley Sexcapades
- Filth, Dirt & Hygiene
- Sleep Tight, Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite
- Waterborne Disease Outbreaks
- Deep Dark Secrets – Freemasons, Egyptology and The Occult
- Fashion Forward – Ladies Fashion Trends
- Life in the Shadow of Queen Vicki – King Edward on the Throne
- Women’s Rights – Were There Any?
- The Introduction of the Automobile – Fast, Fierce and Forward
- Looking for Change – Poverty & Workhouses
- The REAL Downton Abbey – A Peek Inside the Workings of a Manor House
- World War I – Dynamic Changes in the Making
- Women in Film – The Emergence of Starlets
- Men in Film – Heroes, Foibles and Follies
- The Great Gatsby – Was It Really that Great?
- The Great Depression – A Look at How the Depression Changed America
- World War II – Life on the Homefront and Beyond