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Dacorum Heritage Trust visit Year 1 to introduce the children to Victorian Life

Photograph of Victorians Time Line

We made a time line to help us understand how long ago the Victorian era was. Different events were pegged up. We discovered why it was called the Victorian era (because of Queen Victoria). During this period lots of new things were introduced.

Photograph of Victorian Pens
  • 1st Christmas Tree
  • 1st Chocolate Easter Egg
  • 1st Electric Light Bulbs
  • 1st Postage Stamps Used
  • 1st Car invented
Photograph of Victorian Newspaper

 

After this introduction the children took turns to visit three activites.

Activity 1 - Victorian Thaumatropes

During Victorian times, toys that made pictures move fascinated people. One of the earliest and simplest of these was the thaumatrope. We all made our own thaumatrope with a bird on one side and a cage on the other. Once the disc is twisted enough and you pull the strings the disc spins and the bird appears inside the cage (very clever).

Photograph of Making Thaumatropes Photograph of Making Thaumatropes
Photograph of Victorian Thaumatropes Photograph of Making Thaumatropes
Photograph of Making Thaumatropes Photograph of Making Thaumatropes
Photograph of Making Thaumatropes Photograph of Making Thaumatropes

 

Activity 2 - Handling and Comparing Objects

We compared Victorian objects with new versions.

Photograph of Handling Victorian Objects Photograph of Handling Victorian Objects
Photograph of Handling Victorian Objects Photograph of Handling Victorian Objects
Photograph of Handling Victorian Objects Photograph of Handling Victorian Objects
Photograph of Handling Victorian Objects Photograph of Handling Victorian Objects
Photograph of Handling Victorian Objects Photograph of Handling Victorian Objects
Photograph of Handling Victorian Objects Photograph of Handling Victorian Objects

 

Activity 3 - Toys Old and New

We looked at variety of toys and sorted them into old and new. We were able to take a close look at replica old toys. In the Victorian times only rich children had toys, only rich children went to school. The poor children had to go to work in factories, farms and large households.

Photograph of Old & New Toys Photograph of Old & New Toys
Photograph of Old & New Toys Photograph of Old & New Toys
Photograph of Old & New Toys Photograph of Old & New Toys
Photograph of Old & New Toys Photograph of Old & New Toys
Photograph of Old & New Toys Photograph of Old & New Toys
Photograph of Old & New Toys Photograph of Old & New Toys

 

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