When spectacles began to proliferate in the 19th century, some commentators were alarmed. “WHY do we see so many children wearing glasses now-a-days, when it was not the case 20 years ago?” demanded Bow Bells Magazine in 1892. Gemma Almond’s research reveals how the Victorians came to embrace eyewear.
The Victorian perspective on spectacles
Words by Gemma Almond
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About the author
Dr Gemma Almond studied for a PhD on spectacles and vision correction in 19th-century Britain at Swansea University and the Science Museum, London. She won a bronze medal at the European Championships in 2011, and she was in two finals at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.