Countryside Childhood: Past and Present

This session has been designed to support a local history study exploring country life in villages local to Reading. Pupils have the opportunity to dress in replica costume, 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.

Notes for teachers:

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

Curriculum links:


  • 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

For enquiries and to book, please contact us on or call 0118 378 8660.