4éme Trip to the UK – Black Country Living Museum

4éme Trip to the UK – Black Country Living Museum

Blog post by Les Albiston

E31 Students in 4ème thought they’d escaped school for a few days on their recent trip to Stratford-upon-Avon and Birmingham. but in fact they found themselves back in the school room on Sunday during their trip to the Black Country Living Museum. The museum is a reconstruction of a village at the heart of the Industrial Revolution, including houses, shops and yes a school from the nineteenth century. The teacher put them through their paces with the times table, copper plate handwriting and practice using their slates (which looked curiously like iPads!).

Worse was to come with a trip down the mine where children as young as five used to work! Happily all finished well with a trip to the fun fair and a timely reminder that however tough life is today, it’s a brighter time than so many young people knew during the Industrial Revolution.

The following Monday the students had a workshop with actors at The Royal Shakespeare Theatre and a performance of “The Merchant of Venice.”

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