As part of our learning about Victorians, the children of 5/6 LM, GP and VJ had the opportunity to visit Morwellham Quay, an interactive museum of life in a Victorian mining village.
The children were fortunate enough to be able to learn about and participate in re-enactments of various jobs carried out by children back in the Victorian era.
We took a train journey into an old copper mine and were able to imagine the harsh conditions suffered by children as young as 7, who were forced to work there many years ago. As well as having the opportunity to try rope making and rock breaking, the children and adults also had the chance to try on Victorian costumes and take a stroll around the village, which they enjoyed immensely.
I think it can safely be said, that everyone had a fabulous day and as well as getting a real insight in to what being a child in Victorian times would have been like, learned a huge amount about the jobs they might have been expected to do and the hardships they would have had to endure. On the whole, I think everyone agreed, that they would prefer to live in the modern world.