We had a fabulous day at the National Museum of Country life today.
All sorts of household, farming and fishing items were made using these materials:
Farming & Fishing
- Horse collars
- Hen nests
We got to look closely at thatching. We noticed when we looked at the 1901 & 1911 census records for our area in class recently that every house in our community was thatched except for one!
Straw is naturally water resistant and is a fantastic natural insulator.
Finally, we briefly explored the sections “Hearth & Home”, “Trades”, “Farming & Fishing” and “Life in the Community”.
The objects used in school have changed a lot. We don’t use ink wells, quills or slates and we don’t learn the catechism….and our teacher doesn’t use the strap!
Being able to see and handle historical artefacts makes for very engaging and memorable history lessons. We’re very lucky to have such a wonderful facility so close to us.