Tue. May 16 at 8pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 | In episode 2 of Victorian Slum House, learn why, despite high unemployment and intolerable conditions, people flock to London.
Victorian Slum House takes viewers back to the British slums of the 1800s, where a group of modern day families, couples and individuals recreate life in London’s East End as their forbearers once lived between 1860-1900.
Faced with the virtually impossible task of earning enough money to pay the rent and put food on the table, over five episodes the participants experience first-hand the tough living and working conditions endured by the millions that made up the urban poor in Victorian Britain. It’s an eye-opening experience for the participants as they each confront the harsh realities of the past and together lay the groundwork for welfare reform in the 20th Century.
Episode 4 | The 1890s
London recovers from an economic depression and residents experience a wave of social reforms.
Episode 5 | The 1900s
Observe the social changes of the 1900s and the measures taken to alleviate the plight of the poor.