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In the schoolroom Doors Open Day Weekend

We're pleased to confirm that we will be open for Doors Open Day weekend this year, on the 28th and 29th of September, 2019. Our opening hours are 11am until 4pm on both days.

As usual, we'll be holding miniature Victorian lessons throughout the day, and there's plenty more to see and do - maybe you'd like to try your hand at using a split-nib pen and ink, or writing on our slates? Or maybe you'd be interested in the range of punishments used on Victorian schoolchildren! There's also our museum room, packed with old-fashioned household objects. Looking forward to seeing you there!


What do you remember about your schooldays? Were they happy ones, or are you old enough to remember getting the belt? Youngsters today seem to have a much more relaxed attitude to school and cannot imagine the strictness and discipline that used to prevail.

We at the History of Education Centre are happy to instruct them! A visit to the schoolroom is a rare opportunity for visitors to experience what school was like over one hundred years ago: with our regimented rows of wooden desks, the blackboard and the abacus, the tawse and the finger stocks, the slate pencils and the split nib pens, visitors can get a real feel for education as it was during the Victorian era. The classroom is a time-warp stocked with genuine school items that have served generations of children and lessons are provided by a regiment of strict, stern-faced, role-play teachers.

Similarly, our museum room is laid out with displays of household items, many of which visitors can handle or use. What happened before electricity, televisions or computers, washing machines, fridges or power showers? What did children do at home? Sit round our original old kitchen range, which originated in a domestic science classroom of a local school, and listen to our volunteers describe what families ate all those years ago. Do you know what to do with cold porridge, or how to make sheep's heid broth, or why the baking tray is half-empty?

We welcome visits from schools, clubs and other groups to the History of Education Centre. We can also lend selected items from our Collection, and are engaged in a number of other Projects, such as Doors Open Day.

Explore our website to find out more and contact us at histedcentre@gmail.com if you'd like to delve into the history of education.