Recently 45 of our most intrepid Year 8 students visited Dudley to explore the Black Country Museum in Dudley.
The students were lucky enough to descend into a coal mine and experience the life of a working class 'trapper' in the Industrial Revolution – a life made up of cramped 12-hour days hours in the dark, because candles were too expensive.
The students visited a typical old-fashioned 2 room cottage which used to house a family of 8, all sharing bath water in front of the fire on Fridays. They were less than impressed with the Victorian toilet - a bucket topped with a rough wooden plank seat!
Some relief from the trapper's grim life came in the form of a traditional fish and chips lunch, followed by a Victorian school lesson and visits to authentic period shops. The students came away glad that they had been born in this century rather than the 19th!