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Learning at Black Country Living Museum

Key Stage 1: Toys Past and Present

On this learning visit, students will develop an awareness of the past through the theme of toys.

They will spend the day investigating the toys belonging to children living in the Black Country from 1880-1940.

The visit will explore the relationship between the toys, the houses and the life styles of the children they belonged to.

It will help students identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods of history and across different sectors of society. 



  • To develop an awareness of the past
  • To ask and answer questions about objects from the past
  • To learn to use everyday words and phrases relating to the passing of time 
  • To find out how life has changed over time and to identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods
  • To show that museum collections and displays can be used to find out about the past


Additional Activities

This visit can be enhanced with the following bookable activity (subject to availability):

"Toy Handling" Experience


Associated Resources for Pre and Post Visit

The following downloadable resources can be used to help you prepare for the visit, and for follow-on work back in the classroom: 


Booking a Visit


Our Booking Team are available to offer help and advice when planning a visit. All educational groups must book in advance.

Plan your booking

Did you know?

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By 1846, steam engine design had developed so fast that the engine fitted to the SS Great Britain was capable of 1000 horsepower.

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