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

Christmas in 1914 during WWI (Edward’s Diary)

It’s Christmas time and Edward and Sidney are excited about the parcels they are sending to their menfolk in France. The shops are busy as Londoners enjoy getting in the Christmas spirit. Edward and his mother decorate the house and talk about th…

Letters From The Front (Edward’s Diary)

In this episode Edward talks about the sorts of things he and his friends write in the letters to their family members in the services, and what is in the letters they get back. Food is often a popular topic! Things continue to change for Edward, with …

What was censored during the war? (Edward’s Diary)

In this episode Edward talks about the different ways people communicate with soliders on the front and how they write back – field service postcards, honour envelopes and letters – but do any of them tell the whole story? With mother now w…

How did people communicate during the First World War? (Edward’s Diary)

In this episode Edward talks about the different ways people communicated in 1914. With rumours abounding, news clips at the cinematograph, and newspapers are becoming more popular, and letters and postcads vital as a way for soldiers at War and their …

What clothes were there in 1914? (Edward’s Diary)

In this episode Edward describes the clothes he wears and how they compare to other boys and girls. He talks about uniforms – the army’s, and his new Scouting Uniform. He has a uniform for school too, although not all children do.

The Streets They Left Behind

In this episode Edward’s father has joined up and life is changing for those left behind – there are fewer men around and everyday supplies are running short. Even children like Sidney Parry, the housekeeper’s son, are caught up in war work – whether …

Typical Day in 1914

In this episode Edward talks how things are changing since the start of the war. The City Exchange has closed which means father hasn’t as much work to do, and mother is knitting for the troops. The daily trips to school and work are affected by the …

What toys and games were there to play in 1914? (Edward’s Diary)

In this episode Edward describes the toys and games he enjoys. On his way to go fishing with his father he sees some other children playing in the street.

What was home life like in 1914? (Edward’s Diary)

In this episode Edward talks about the rooms and décor in his home. He compares this with his rich grandmother’s house and the much smaller and poorer type of house in which the housekeeper Mrs Parry lives.