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.
• The May 2 episode covers the 1860s and Follow participants into a tenement, to live and work as their East End ancestors once did.
• The May 9 episode covers the 1870s, which Witness a dire economic depression heightened by the arrival of Irish migrants seeking work.
• The May 16 episode covers the 1880s, with people flocking to London despite high unemployment and intolerable conditions.
• The May 23 episode covers the 1890’s, with London recovering from an economic depression and residents experience a wave of social reforms.
• The May 30 episode covers the 1900 to 1910, in which we observe the social changes of the 1900s and the measures taken to alleviate the plight of the poor.