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WOMEN AND VICTORIAN VALUES, 1837-1910
Advice Books, Manuals and Journals for Women

Part 6: Sources from the Brotherton Library, University of Leeds

Parts 6 and 7 of this project are based on the extraordinary collection of works held in the Brotherton Library relating to household management, cookery, and food.  These are an excellent source for social history and gender studies.  We focus mainly on titles published in Britain by women writers.  Part 6 offers 77 titles including:

  • Cassell’s book of the household, volumes 1-4 (1890?)
  • the National Health Society’s penny cookery book by Edith A Barnett (1880).
  • Economical cookery for the middle classes by Kate Addison (1879).
  • Manners of modern society by Eliza Cheadle (c1875). 
  • Household cookery & laundry work (1852) by Mrs Black.
  • Dr Allinson’s vegetarian cookery by Thomas R Allinson (1910).
  • Manual of household work and management (1916) by Annie Butterworth.
  • The mother's companion, (1909) by Maude Brereton.
  • The family manual and servants’ guide (1850?)

This comprehensive selection of material will allow a broader understanding of household management and domestic economy during the Victorian and Edwardian periods. The reader will be able to assess how advancements in technology changed the way households were run, and what types of foods were available to the housewife.

Women & Victorian Values

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