GALLERY: Nene Infant School pupils visit Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House

15:12 13 February 2013

Year Two pupils from the Nene Infant School, Wisbech recently visited Octavia Hill

Year Two pupils from the Nene Infant School, Wisbech recently visited Octavia Hill'

Archant

YEAR Two pupils from Nene Infant School, Wisbech discovered what it would have been like to grow up in the Victorian era as part of their time travel project.

Dressed as Victorian children and sporting period names, they visited Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House, where they were shown what life was like in poor accommodation before social housing reform.

The pupils were guided through a slum by a resident who lived in fear of her landlord, dangerous living conditions and unwelcome house guests.

Peter Clayton, chairman of Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House Trust, showed groups around models of social housing, explained the importance of the National Trust and shared why Octavia Hill’s work was important.

Class teacher Sally Kirby said: “It was a day in which the children of the Nene school could make a strong connection with very important local history, experiencing things in a very inclusive and interactive way.

“Having the knowledgeable staff on hand to further illustrate the exhibits and activities simply added to the atmosphere and effectiveness of the learning.

“The children have come away with a clear idea of what life was like for people in poor housing and why Octavia Hill’s work is as relevant and important today as it was back then.”

0 comments

Yesterday, 15:38
Court report

A March police officer appeared in court charged with two counts of gross misconduct.

Yesterday, 12:26
Showfields site plan for new proposal of 220 homes

Developers are threatening to turn an area of open space in Whittlesey into arable farm land if plans for 220 homes are refused.

Yesterday, 11:09
Soccer shed fire at Westwood School March. Picture: Steve Williams.

A £200 reward has been offered today (Wednesday) to catch the arsonists who set fire to a shed destroying equipment belonging to March Soccer School on Monday night.

Yesterday, 17:04
Cromwell Community College Chatteris Sixth formers are organising a fun run to raise money in memory of Young Minds. Picture: Steve Williams.

Sixth form students are raising money for a young people’s mental health support charity in memory of a fellow student who died last year.

Most read stories

Most commented stories

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Cambs Times e-edition today E-edition