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

Trade Union Act reverses Osborne Judgment, thereby allowing trade unionists to use their funds for political purposes.
Suffragette Emily Davison throws herself under the king’s horse at the Derby, and subsequently dies. Her funeral is attended by 6000 female mourners.
Foundation of the New Statesman.


Alfred Austin.
Emily Davison.
‘Mark Rutherford’ (William Hale White).
Alfred Russell Wallace.


When William Came – ‘Saki’ (H.H.Munro)
Tarzan of the Apes – Edgar Rice Burroughs
Sons and Lovers – D. H. Lawrence
Chance – Joseph Conrad
Sinister Street – Compton MacKenzie
Trent’s Last Case – E.C.Bentley
The Third Miss Symons – F.M.Mayor
The Coryston Family – Mrs Humphrey Ward
Fortitude – Hugh Walpole

Totem and Taboo – Sigmund Freud

Nobel Prize: Rabindranath Tagore.

Art & Architecture

Omega Workshops open.

John Singer Sergeant’s Henry James.



Falstaff: Symphonic Study in C Minor – Edward Elgar

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