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Past In Pictures: Schools

by Alex Wolff

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The Past In Pictures : A Photographic View of Schools

Part of a series providing a pictoral look at life in hospitals, prisons, schools, the home, on holiday and during World War One from Victorian times to present day. Produced in partnership with The National Archives, these books look at everyday life in Britain and during the War.

We see what life was like for school children in the past. What lessons did they have, what did their classrooms look like and how did they dress. It raises questions about discipline and what was expected from children.

Staff Reviews

The Past in Pictures: A photographic view of... series published by The National Archives and Wayland Press, is a must for any primary school and home library. The series covers a wide range of themes such as Crime and Punishment, Schools, Home Life, Holidays and Hospitals, giving a broad insight into our social history over the last couple of centuries. For any teacher or parent tackling the issue of teaching chronology and wanting to engage children with a sense of the past, these books are a great resource. Each book offers a visual timeline across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries using original photographs to be found in the collections at The National Archives. In the Photographic view of Schools, we can compare for example, a photograph of a Dame school in 1885, where a fisherman's wife, in this case, ran a school from her own home in East Anglia, to a wonderful photograph of girls doing woodwork in the 1930s. All books contain a helpful "Questions to ask and explore" section for teachers, parents or carers to use as guide to teach children, covering each individual photograph in the book. There is also a useful glossary and links section to help children read independently. This is a really engaging series of books which encourages school children or anybody who is interested in social history to ask questions about our past. Clare Horrie Education Web Manager