Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present
Standard Name: Cullwick, Hannah
Birth Name: Hannah Cullwick
Married Name: Hannah Munby
wrote seventeen diaries between the years 1854 and 1873, plus numerous letters chronicling in detail her life as a lower servant, as well as her long cross-class courtship and eventual marriage to Arthur Munby
. Whether one views her as exceptional or as typical of the one third of women between the ages of fifteen and twenty who were in service at this historical place and time, her writing offers a rare glimpse into the harsh material conditions of maids of all work, as well as the complex cultural intersections of class, gender, race, sexuality, labour, and the body as represented by a working-class woman in later Victorian England.
Cullwick, Hannah. “Introduction and Notes”. The Diaries of Hannah Cullwick, Victorian Maidservant, edited by Liz Stanley, Rutgers University Press, 1984, pp. 1 - 28, passim.
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10 January 1863
The Metropolitan Railway
, the first underground railway in the world, opened; it ran between Bishop's Road(Paddington) and Farringdon Street in London.
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