Victorians History KS2. Learn about real Victorians using links to resources from The National Archive, take a look at Victorian documents.
Children Working In Coal Mines Video
We meet an 11 year old Victorian child seeking danger by working in a coal mine. He is offered jobs as a half-man, drawer or a bearer. The mine owners describe the details of each job and the dangers involved. He dismisses each as not being dangerous enough before offering to test for explosive gas using a lit candle.
Children Working In Textile Mills Video
What was life like for children apprenticed in textile mills? Huge mills were built in the 18th and 19th centuries. To produce cotton and woollen cloth, the mills needed a vast workforce which included children. Children were apprenticed at nine and were given lodgings, food and an hour of schooling a week.
How We Were Taught Text
What was school like 100 years ago? Text and links to National Archive material.
Spotlight on Victorians Interactive
On 20 June 1837, Alexandrina Victoria became queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and thus began the Victorian era. Read the Britannica Article to learn about all the amazing advances in science, industry and the arts that were made during Queen Victoria’s reign. In the Activity Centre, in addition to Britannica's quiz, crossword and word search, you will find an interactive
educational game created by the Geffrye Museum.
Victorian Britain Interactive
A selection of activities from the BBC covering: children at work, children in coal mines, children in factories, children at school, Victorian schools, children at play, rich and poor families, toys and games and leisure.
Worksheet. What happened on these dates in Victorian times? Fill in the boxes with the important points. Based on a timeline with illustrations.