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

April – Sinking of the Titanic.
April – Irish Home Rule Bill passes House of Commons; opposition mobilized in Ulster.
July – National Health Insurance Act.
First Music Hall Royal Command Performance.
British Board of Film Censors established.
Anti-suffrage ‘cat and mouse act’ passed.


Lawrence Alma-Tadema.
General Booth.
Octavia Hill.
Andrew Lang.
Lord Lister.
Captain Scott.
W. T. Stead.
Bram Stoker.


The Lost World – Arthur Conan Doyle
Adnam’s Orchard – Sarah Grand
The Trespasser – D. H. Lawrence
The Chronicles of Clovis – Saki
The Way of an Eagle – Ethel M. Dell
A Derelict Empire – ‘Mark Time’ (Henry Irwin)
The Devil’s Wind – ‘Patricia Wentworth’ (Dora Elles)
Death in Venice – Thomas Mann

Theory of Psychoanalysis – Carl Jung
The Problems of Philosophy – Bertrand Russell
Georgian Poetry – edited by Edward Marsh

obel prize: Gerhart Hauptmann

Art & Architecture

Second Post-Impressionists exhibition held at the Grafton Galleries.


Premiere of Daphnis et Chloe ballet in Paris.


A Song of the High Hills – Frederick Delius

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