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Date updated: 24/07/2023

This session is based on cases of children charged and brought before the courts in the Victorian era. What was it like to be imprisoned then?

Students will explore a wide range of original materials which provide social and historical context for the 18th and 19th centuries. They will investigate attitudes to crime and punishment, learn about infamous historical character and examine the changes in prisons.

Coldbath Fields Prison, Islington, c.1816
Coldbath Fields Prison, Islington, c.1816
All workshops are offered free of charge and must be booked in advance. Where possible certain sessions can be delivered as outreach on site at your school. If you are interested in an outreach session, please indicate this on your booking form

Curriculum Connections:

Key Stages 2 and 3

  • Ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain, 1745-1901
  • The roles played by public institutions and voluntary groups in society, and the ways in which citizens work together to improve their communities, including opportunities to participate in school-based activities
  • Human rights and international law
  • The legal system in the UK, different sources of law and how the law helps society deal with complex problem
Prisoners at the Waterwheel, Coldbath Fields Prison, 1808
Prisoners at the Waterwheel, Coldbath Fields Prison, 1808
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