Has the society always been the same that we see today? Of course not, it has evolved and underwent many gradual changes through various reform and revolutionary movements. And much of that has been brought about by social reformers who work to make the society a better place to live in. Thanks to their constant campaigning for a better life, we have free trade, improved public sanitation, better educational system, reform of the poor laws, electoral changes and so on. Just like every other country in the world, Britain faced with numerous issues and societal mayhems. However, there were numerous British reformers who not just braved to question the authorities regarding the malpractices and injustice prevalent in the society but fought against the same to establish basic human rights. It is to these national heroes that British today enjoy the societal bliss of equality, high standard of living and equal powers. Much of the same was brought about during the Victorian age which is rightly called the age of reform. Constitutional, economic, political, social reform bills were passed that brought about changes in the structure and processes of the society. With this segment, find out more about the British social reformers, their life and their struggle for reformation and transformation.
Florence NightingaleFlorence Nightingale
12 May 1820
Founder of Modern Nursing
William WilberforceWilliam Wilberforce
24 August 1759

James OglethorpeJames Oglethorpe
22 December 1696
Founder of the colony of Georgia

William BeveridgeWilliam Beveridge
05 March 1879

Josephine ButlerJosephine Butler
13 April 1828
Social Worker

Granville SharpGranville Sharp
10 November 1735
Caroline NortonCaroline Norton
22 March 1808

George LansburyGeorge Lansbury
21 February 1859
Social Reformer

Beatrice WebbBeatrice Webb
22 January 1858
Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of ShaftesburyAnthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury
28 April 1801

Edwin ChadwickEdwin Chadwick
24 January 1800
Public servant
Samuel SmilesSamuel Smiles
23 December 1812

Charles Freer AndrewsCharles Freer Andrews
12 February 1871

Gerrard WinstanleyGerrard Winstanley
19 October 1609
Religious Reformer

Octavia HillOctavia Hill
03 December 1838
Social Reformer

Thomas HughesThomas Hughes
20 October 1822
Rowland HillRowland Hill
03 December 1795

Samuel PlimsollSamuel Plimsoll
10 February 1824

Sidney Webb, 1st Baron PassfieldSidney Webb, 1st Baron Passfield
13 July 1859

Seebohm RowntreeSeebohm Rowntree
07 July 1871
Elizabeth MontaguElizabeth Montagu
02 October 1718

John FieldingJohn Fielding
16 September 1721
Brigid BrophyBrigid Brophy
12 June 1929

Mary CarpenterMary Carpenter
03 April 1807
Educational and Social Reformer

Francis PlaceFrancis Place
03 November 1771
Social Reformer
Fowell BuxtonFowell Buxton
01 April 1786

Horace PlunkettHorace Plunkett
24 October 1854
Samuel BamfordSamuel Bamford
28 February 1788

Richard OastlerRichard Oastler
20 December 1789

Samuel RomillySamuel Romilly
01 March 1757
George Henry EvansGeorge Henry Evans
25 March 1805

John CartwrightJohn Cartwright
17 September 1740
British politician
Frederick William SandersonFrederick William Sanderson
13 May 1857

Samuel BarnettSamuel Barnett
08 February 1844

Charles BoothCharles Booth
30 March 1840
Social Reformer