People and Places

Key questions:

What sort of people were involved in schools in the past?

What were their everyday lives like?

How have our homes changed from those in the past?

 Curriculum Map KS1 People Places  Curriculum Map KS2 People Places

Session overview:

Pupils will find out what life was like for people from different classes in 1880 by asking questions and discussing ideas related to evidence from the time in the form of objects, documents and environments. Your class will be divided into up to three groups of no more than 11 pupils and will rotate round three 20 minute activities. 

Your station in life takes place in the exhibition room and compares and contrasts the lives of the three types of people involved with the school: the pupils (labouring poor), teachers (professionals) and benefactors (rich). Pupils will look at photographs, documents and information from our admission registers and handle objects from the time to draw their own conclusions about Victorian society and ways of life.

Rest and relaxation takes place in the Headmaster’s house, where pupils visit the bedrooms and parlour to find out more about how people in 1880 spent their time at home and children’s role in the family. This highlights many of the differences between life today and in 1880.

Everyday necessities takes place in the Headmaster’s house. Just like us, people in 1880 needed to eat, keep warm and keep clean but they didn’t have electricity or plastic, which make our lives easier, so they had to do things using their own power and the materials of their time. Looking at objects in the kitchen, scullery and yard will help pupils discover exactly what this involved and compare and contrast it to how we do things today. Most visitors go away with a new appreciation of modern washing machines and bathrooms!

Additional information:

As this session takes place in two locations and usually involves splitting a class into three groups, three accompanying adults are needed for classes of more than 22 pupils. There is no additional charge for accompanying adults. 

The majority of this session takes place in the Headmaster’s house, which is not accessible for wheelchair users and may prove difficult for those with restricted mobility to access. Please contact us to discuss options and alternatives if necessary. There is step free access to the area of the museum used for the Toys, Play and Design workshop.

Session links:

To enhance what pupils have learned during People and Places, consider adding one of these sessions to your visit.

1880 Gallery lesson – Having visited the Headmaster’s house and found out about a bit about the school’s pupils, teachers and benefactors, why not try out a lesson from the same time? Just make sure you come to school clean and neat and remember that silence is golden.

Toys, Play and Design – “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy?” Life at home was mostly hard work unless you were rich, but Victorian children from all classes still enjoyed playing. Find out what toys they played with, what they were made from and how they worked as well as what the toys tell us about the everyday life of children from different classes.