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Learning at Black Country Living Museum

Key Stage 2 History Detectives: the changing lives of children 1850-1945

Bring your students to our open air museum to investigate the lives of real children who lived in the Black Country using a range of different historical sources and evidence.

These are real children who were born in the late 19th century/early 20th century and lived in the buildings within the Museum village.

Objectives

  • To consider what life was like for children living in the Black Country across different periods
  • To undertake an historical investigation using a range of sources, including historic buildings, interiors, landscapes, artefacts, photographs and archival material 
  • To develop historical enquiry skills by asking and answering questions, selecting and recording information and drawing conclusions relevant to the focus of the enquiry
  • To find out about key events and people that had an impact on the lives of children 
  • To make appropriate use of dates, terms and historical vocabulary to describe the passing of time
  • To communicate knowledge and understanding of changes to children's lives in organised and structured ways
  • To recognise that the past can be represented and interpreted in different ways at a museum

This visit can be enhanced with a additional activities such as an Underground Mine experience. Students will discover how miners worked the Thick Coal and other seams in the Black Country in about 1850. (Subject to availability. Additional charges apply.)

Choose a Child

You can choose one child, or several children from the list below. However we recommend that you divide your class into groups of 10-15 students and that they do not investigate more than one child per group.

Rose Bradley

Rose Bradley

Date: 1911
Age: 9
Home: Jerushah, Tilted Cottage

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Harry Parkin

Harry Parkin

Date:1910
Age: 9
Home: Anchor Makers House

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Samuel Webb

Samuel Webb

Date: 1891
Age: 10
Home: Back-to-backs

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Lillian Hodgkiss

Lillian Hodgkiss

Date:1904
Age: 8
Home: Toll House

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Mary Ward

Mary Ward

Date: 1915
Age: 10
Home: Canal Boat

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Photo of Patricia Vernon

Patricia Vernon

Date:  1943

Age: 16

Home:  Cast Iron House

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Booking a Visit

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

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Did you know?

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The first Turner-Miesse cars were steam powered. One can be seen at the Museum.

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