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On-line Investigations into Life in Hertfordshire in the 1890's. Key Stages 2 and 3 resources from Stevenage, Tring and Hoddesdon. Find out more...
Mary Seacole - Resources for Teaching about the Life and Times of a Famous Victorian Woman
The ‘Mary Seacole Trunk’ contains objects (some of them are authentic Victorian) which Mary Seacole may have taken with her to the Crimea. It can be borrowed by schools (usually for a period of 2 weeks). Prior booking is essential.
Please phone the Mecs Watford Centre (01923 248584) to book.
It may also be possible to arrange for a visitor in role as Mary Seacole to come to your school.
Working with the Mary Seacole Trunk - Bushey and Oxhey Infants
In Year 2 we were comparing the work of Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale. We introduced the trunk after giving the children a little potted history about Mary Seacole.
They were enthralled to know if it was THE real trunk she took with her (of course!) and we took out a few items each day....Things for on board ship (we had last term discussed the Plague and rats in relation to the Great Fire of London so this was perfect revision)...Things for the soldiers... the medicine box (best of all!) - what IS that funny shaped bottle for??!!
The children then had to write as if they were Mary entering the battlefield and using some of the things in the trunk. Wonderful results!!! Thank you. We also watched the Magic Grandad DVD - totally spellbound!!
Hertfordshire Archives & Local Studies (HALS), based at County Hall in Hertford, has a wide range of resources to assist in the teaching of history, geography and local studies. These include original records of local authorities, schools, manors and estates, businesses and families etc. in Hertfordshire, as well as printed and published materials - books, newspapers, maps and photographs etc. Find out more...
History Sources Packs
Resource packs from HALS are available on a wide range of historical topics for example:
The Herts Memories website was launched in 2009 to celebrate life in Hertfordshire. It is for people of all ages and backgrounds, from teenagers to teachers, families to local historians; it's about much more than history.
The opportunities for students to get involved in recording local history and their present day communities are virtually endless. Find out more....
A web site for teachers to assist with resourcing. Curriculum guidance links, articles and publications and links to an extensive website with resources on the Indus Valley KS2 world history.
Knebworth House in Hertfordshire offers Tudor and Victorian Treasure Trails, and a Dinosaur Trail. The Tudor and Victorian days are led by costumed guides where the children participate in hands-on activities using first-hand source material from the house itself - artefacts, photo's etc. The morning's activities take place in the house, the afternoon is spent in the gardens solving clues to complete the treasure trail.
The Tudor day is based on the day that Queen Elizabeth 1st visited Knebworth. The Victorian day looks at life in the House through the eyes of young Victor, who grew up here. The Dinosaur Trail (solely outdoors) is set in the gardens and grounds of the estate. The newly designed trail (ready for 2006) will encompass cross-curricular activities embracing science, numeracy and citizenship.
For more information visit the web site and follow the "For Schools" link:
Herts and Beds Museums: Resource Boxes for Schools
St Albans Museums
A wide variety of workshops, artefact handling sessions and tours for schools are run at both the Museum of St Albans and Verulamium Museum. In addition there are useful online resources for teachers on the museum web site:
Dacorum Heritage Trust
The Dacorum Heritage Trust is a Accredited Museum with collections covering the whole of Dacorum. Visit the Resources for schools page on their website:
They can provide Object Loan Boxes:
Victorian Object Loan Box and Archive Resources
Countdown to War
This local history resource is available for £10.00 from the Museum Store.
Acting Up, Writing Down provide training for teachers in using drama techniques to enthuse and inspire the teaching of humanities in KS1 and KS2.