No. 18 Letters from a Primary School, 2017

When the Archive went back to school. These contemporary letters were written as ‘thank yous’ following an afternoon spent at a primary school.  The children were studying aspects of Victorian history, particularly the kind of education rich boys might have experienced in the nineteenth century.  They heard about the carved desk lid, a prefect’s banner, a letter from Gerald Talbot and the prefect’s fives bat.  So this particular ‘object’ is about how the virtual museum does sometimes go out into the wider world.  It is also a partner to No. 17 The teachers’ revenge, since it tells the story of the everyday objects used by those examinees of the 1870s.  Read on …

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