Giving a snapshot into Victorian life in Edinburgh, this book will take you through all the events, both good and bad, of a typical year within this era. The year which has been chosen is 1869, a year in which Edinburgh was leading the way in scientific and medical research, greatly enhancing the lives of many; whilst poverty, crime and destitution still blighted the lives of others.
Month by month, experience what a person living at this time would have seen and experienced around them. With reports on various events, news stories, entertainment and issues affecting the public, read about the entertainment that was on offer, the new medical discoveries, the improvements to the city’s sanitation and water supply, adverts for various questionable remedies that could be purchased from pharmacies, the beginning of higher education for women, and various crimes of the day.
In this year, read about Sophia Jex-Blake, the first female student ever to be admitted to the Edinburgh medical school, velocipedes - the early bicycles which caused ‘velocipede mania’ among the Edinburgh Victorians, the last public readings to be carried out in the city by Charles Dickens, the advent of spiritualists and hypnotists, the advances in anaesthetics and antiseptics in surgery, the new City Workhouse and many more.