Kids in the Past

Hosted ByBex and Dan

Listen to the diary entries of Edward Hampton and discover what life was like between 1914 and 1918. What subjects were taught at school, what could people do for entertainment and how did children help with the war effort?

Explore what it was like to be a child during different times in history!

Listen to the diary entries of Edward Hampton and discover what life was like between 1914 and 1918. What subjects were taught at school, what could people do for entertainment and how did children help with the war effort?

Then, Dan and Bex have found a book that transports them back to Victorian Britain! They’re exploring all the grim and nasty jobs that children just like you had to do in the past, from picking up poop to popping up chimneys.

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All Episodes

Everday Life In 1918 (The Great War – Through A London Child’s Eye)

Edward describes the difficulty of life in 1918.  Shortages are making it hard to find vegetables and material for clothing, with news of more losses in battle adding to their worries.

Then And Now (Really? Jobs From The Past)

Dan and Bex think about working children in other parts of the world and how we can help to change things for the better.

Hurrah For School Or Not (Really? Jobs From The Past)

Dan and Bex find out that even after schools became compulsory – and free – not everyone was happy to attend.

Making Clothes (Really? Jobs From The Past)

Dan and Bex, with the help of Lord Shaftesbury’s Journal, find out that making clothes was a common way for children to help their families earn extra pennies.

In the Potteries (Really? Jobs from the past)

Dan and Bex, with the help of Lord Shaftesbury’s Journal, take a trip to a Victorian pottery and find children hard at work

Working in a Slate Mine (Really? Jobs from the past)

Dan and Bex, with the help of Lord Shaftesbury’s Journal, find out that it’s not just coal that’s mined – clay, slate and other minerals all involved child workers.

Apprenticeships (Really? Jobs from the past)

Dan and Bex, with the help of Lord Shaftesbury’s Journal, learn about apprenticeships – where children were sold to learn a trade.

What about in a Factory (Really? Jobs from the past)

Dan and Bex, with the help of Lord Shaftesbury’s Journal, learn what life was like for child workers in Victorian factories.

Working on the Roads, Canals and Railways (Really? Jobs from the past)

Dan and Bex find out about the jobs kids did on the transport networks – canals, roads and railways – with help from Lord Shaftesbury’s Journal.