The timelines on this site are an attempt to highlight the major political and cultural events of the years 1895-1914. They are by no means definitive or canonical; aiming instead at a representative selection, gleaned from various texts.  Additions to the timeline are especially welcome: please leave suggestions in the comments box below.

Key Events

January – Liberal government re-elected with Campbell-Bannerman becoming Prime Minister.
February – Launch of HMS Dreadnought.
29 Labour Representation Committee MPs elected; they change name to the Labour Party.
Education (Provision of Meals) Act allows subsidized schools meals for children of the poor.
Introduction of the Trade Disputes Act, reversing the effect of the Taff Vale Case.


Dorothea Beale.
Paul Cezanne.
Henrick Ibsen.
Hugh Ramsay.


The Fifth Queen – Ford Madox Ford
The Man of Property (first volume of The Forsythe Saga) – John Galsworthy.
My Dead Life – George Moore
The Railway Children – Edith Nesbit
Fenwick’s Career – Mary Augusta Ward
In the Days of the Comet – H. G. Wells
Puck of Pook’s Hill – Rudyard Kipling
The Viper of Milan – Majorie Bowen
The Invasion of 1910 – William Le Queux

The Everyman’s Library launched
The Jungle – Upton Sinclair
Lectures in Modern History – Lord Acton

Nobel prize: Giosu Carducci

Art & Architecture

October – Opening of the Cardiff City Hall (designed by Lanchester, Stewart and Rickards).
Completion of the North Eastern Railway Company Headquarters in York (designed by William
Bell and Horace Field).
The King Edward VII Sanatorium, Midhurst (designed by H Percy-Adams and Charles Holden).


The Story of the Kelly Gang (dir. Charles Tait) the first film to last over an hour.


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