What was life like for a Victorian child in Chesham?
Explore Victorian Chesham childhood through mainly original Victorian objects and our four specially made costumes (Year 6 sized). A local straw plaiting expert has also made replicas of the process of how children would make straw hats. Students investigate the differences between rich and poor Victorian children toys, education and quality of clothes.
The teacher notes cover changes over time (eg education /work /leisure and play / home/ work /food and the role of the Empire).
Suitable for Key Stage Two and Key Stage 3 national curriculum requirements. Could also be used for object handling by Key Stage One students.
We are aware that accidents can and do happen but there are a few things to remember that minimise this happening.
Always assume the object is more fragile than it is
Remember that an object is at most risk when it is being moved
Make sure objects are handled over a table, preferably with a cloth or another soft surface on the top
Objects are affected by their environment – beware of radiators, spotlights and liquids of any sort
The cost for a two week loan is £30 and is payable on collection.
Please let us know as soon as possible if something has been damaged. Do not attempt to repair an item yourself and please don’t let an accident put you off borrowing items in the future
Delivery and return
Please ensure that the box is stored securely whilst in your care. Please check that all items are present by crosschecking with the items list and sign the attached document. If anything is missing please inform the museum.
Explore our digital 3D bobbin winder
These simple wooden machines, were used to wind cotton around bobbins, used in lace-making. The cotton was attached around the wheel, and the handle was turned to wind the cotton around a bobbin, attached at the other end. To find out more about lace-making visit our online collection.
Victorian child’s shoe
Child’s shoe, c.1900. This child’s clog has a simple wooden base with a leather upper, nailed into the base. Originally clogs would have been made by hand, later by machine. The shoes were practical for working in dirty and muddy conditions, including local farms. Metal rings were attached to the bottom, called clog irons. They were hard to walk in, and children had to adopt a rocking movement because they were so stiff.
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