Time travelling to Victorian era
Life in Victorian times was explored by Huntingdonshire school pupils on a visit to St Ives Library. Year 6 students from Westfield Junior School, in St Ives, were invited to the library as part of the St Ives local and family history month. They studied
Life in Victorian times was explored by Huntingdonshire school pupils on a visit to St Ives Library.
Year 6 students from Westfield Junior School, in St Ives, were invited to the library as part of the St Ives local and family history month.
They studied old photographs, census returns, newspapers and trade directories to gain an insight into the life of St Ives residents during the Victorian era.
Geraldine Curry, a teacher at the school, said: "I think it is important that children have an understanding of where they live. The day enabled students to compare Victorian St Ives with the way it is today. They really enjoyed looking at the old photographs of Victorian St Ives, especially one showing people skating on the River Great Ouse when it froze over."
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One of the original newspapers the children looked at was 141 years old and featured stories - including a cattle plague at the market and a drink-driver crashing his pony and cart into the Forty Foot Drain.
Throughout November, a series of talks, workshops and exhibition took place at St Ives Library to mark local and family history month.
- 1 Matt Hancock at Hinchingbrooke Hospital today
- 2 Read about the interesting history of the village of Broughton
- 3 Man jailed for sexual relationship with schoolgirl
- 4 Man dies following collision near Bluntisham
- 5 Check out some of Huntingdonshire's fascinating history
- 6 Broughton - litter-picking, bell cleaning and great community spirit
- 7 Eight picture-perfect picnic spots across East Anglia
- 8 New trophies to celebrate achievement at St Neots school
- 9 A fund has been set up in memory of Nathan Cowell
- 10 Vaccine centre closure date announced amid 60,000 doses target
* Westfield Junior School pupils Taylor, Molly, Stephen, Tim and Peter are pictured learning more about Victorian St Ives with the help of local studies librarian Caroline Clifford.
Picture: HELEN DRAKE 9510