Countryside Childhood, from the Victorians to WW2

Online: £30 (45 minute session)

Onsite: £100 (1.5 hour session)

KS1 and KS2

This session has been designed to support a local history study exploring country life in villages local to Reading. Pupils have the opportunity to explore some of the work that children would have done in past and investigate real objects used in the local countryside from the Victorian era, through to the early 20th Century.

An exciting and informative session with real hands-on learning.


  • Key Stage 1 and 2
  • Opportunities to take part in role play using replica costume
  • Investigate real objects from the period



  • Changes within living memory
  • Aspects of change in national life


  • A local history study
  • A study over time tracing how several aspects of national history are reflected in the locality
  • Changing aspects of social history to the present in work, leisure and entertainment


  • Introduces students to The Museum of English Rural Life and our collections
  • Demonstrates what it was like to be a child living in the countryside in the past
  • Students compare the past and present experience of life in the countryside


Bookings and Enquiries

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