Periodicals were an essential part of, and reflected all aspects of Victorian culture, including the Victorians’ interest in the past. The Popular History in Victorian Magazines Database (PHVM) derives from a project on popular presentations of history in Victorian magazines:
“Histories for the Many: Historical Lifeworlds in Victorian Family, Women’s and Children’s Periodicals” – “Geschichte(n) für viele: Historische Lebenswelten in Familien-, Frauen- und Kinderzeitschriften des viktorianischen England” (KO 1195/15-1) in the context of the Research Group DFG FOR 875 “History in Popular Cultures of Knowledge” – “Historische Lebenswelten in populären Wissenskulturen der Gegenwart”.
The database presents results from a content analysis of five Victorian magazines from different sectors of the periodicals market – All the Year Round, The Leisure Hour, The Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine, The Ladies’ Treasury, and The Boy’s Own Magazine – for the years 1860, 1865 and 1870. It makes visible some of their common trends and significant differences. It thus indicates that mid-Victorian popular historical culture was marked by both mainstream interests and significant internal diversification.
You can search the database and read the introduction here: http://phvm.ub.uni-freiburg.de
Korte, Barbara and Doris Lechner. Popular History in Victorian Magazines Database. University Library at University of Freiburg, 2014. <http://dx.doi.org/10.6094/UNIFR/2014/1>.