During the Industrial Revolution, the ways that people spent their few hours away from work changed enormously, and became more commercialised. Sport, reading, the pub and the rise of cinema were all part of the rich social lives of British people, both working and middle class, told in this course with particular reference to the North West.
Major themes will include:
Traditional forms of leisure in the eighteenth cnetury.
The rise of sport, including cricket and football.
The increased commercialisation of leisure.
Pubs and drink culture.
Literacy, newspapers and reading habits.
Attempts to reform leisure through 'rational recreation', and alternatives to the pub.
Live theatre, and the rise and fall of Music Hall.
Access to the countryside.
Cinema, television and the beginnings of the decline of collective entertainment.