School Workshop – The Victorians


A timeline to demonstrate how long ago the Victorian period was.

Staff and volunteers visited Goldfield Infants’ and Nursery School, Tring to introduce their Year 1 class to The Victorians.


Making Victorian Thaumatropes.

Our aims and objectives for the workshop were firstly, to teach the children about Victorian life, by using engaging and interactive activities. Secondly, enabling the pupils to see, touch and smell objects used during the Victorian period.  Thirdly, to make the collections relevant to children and encourage interest in the past.

During Victorian times, toys that made pictures move fascinated people. One of the earliest and simplest of these was the thaumatrope. This is a disc with a picture on either side that is attached to two pieces of string or a stick. During the workshop the pupil made thaumatropes with a cage on one side and a bird on the other. The pupils coloured in the bird and once the string was attached they could see when they spun it, the two images would combine!

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