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

On the City Streets (Really? Jobs from the past)

Dan and Bex explore what jobs children undertook on the grimy streets of Victorian cities as they take a trip into Lord Shaftesbury’s Journal.

Work after School at Home (Really? Jobs from the past)

Dan and Bex, with the help of Lord Shaftesbury’s Journal, find that Victorian children frequently had work around home – once they had got home from school.

Domestic Staff (Really? Jobs from the past)

Dan and Bex find out about the jobs kids did in domestic service – with help from Lord Shaftesbury’s Journal.

Around the Mines (Really? Jobs from the past)

Dan and Bex, with the help of Lord Shaftesbury’s Journal, find out that there’s more to mining than digging out coal.

Down the Mine (Really? Jobs from the past)

Dan and Bex find out what life was like as trapper in a coal mine when they take a trip into Lord Shaftesbury’s Journal.

In the Countryside (Really? Jobs from the past)

Dan and Bex find out what life was like as a farm worker they take a trip into Lord Shaftesbury’s Journal.

Up the Chimney (Really? Jobs from the past)

Dan and Bex find out what life was like to be a chimney sweep as they take a trip into Lord Shaftesbury’s Journal.

Why children worked (Really? Jobs from the past)

Dan and Bex find a book that transports them back to Victorian Britain to explore why children worked.

Feeding the Population in 1916 (Edward’s Diary)

Edward and his mother are queuing for flour.  They talk about rationing and the causes of the shortages.  German ships have attacked the supply ships, whilst farms have been neglected as the men go to war.