Railways The Making of A Nation S01E05-E06 WEB-DL x264-JIVEOct 22
Season 01 , Episode 05 – “Food and Shopping”
The railways changed what we eat and the culinary tastes of the population. Moving produce around at speed was suddenly possible – fresh meat, wet fish, dairy, fruit and veg, were now widely available. And it was in London where arguably the nation’s diet changed the most. With a new system of rapid transport it was now possible for the capital to enjoy food supplies from all corners of the nation. Diets improved in terms of the variety and quality of food available. Victorian men and women developed a taste for one particular dish that would be popular with the masses for generations to come – fish and chips.
Season 01 , Episode 06 – “A Touch of Class”
Trains reflected class divisions with separate carriages for first, second and third class passengers. Yet, seen at the time, they were also bringing people physically closer together. In the early 1800s, Britain was clearly divided between upper, middle and working classes. On the railways they shared the same stations and arrived at the destination at the same time! The trains gradually acted as a great catalyst, mixing the country up as people were travelling to regions and places for the first time. Locations, accents, culture and fashions were all new. The nation’s relationship with royalty also changed. Queen Victoria was now able to venture far and wide across her kingdom and visit more of her subjects. Over time, we developed a stronger sense of shared identity and culture.
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