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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Children were certainly kept busy in 1916. Many would be caring for smaller children or had jobs. Even those still at school would help with the war effort, perhaps through the Scouts and Guides.
Edward talks with Mother about how many homes and schools have become military hospitals – even his rich grandmother has agreed to take in the wounded.
Father is back home on leave, and explains to Edward why the Government has had to introduce conscription.
Edward and Sid talk about how things have changed – anything with a German name is treated with suspicion, there are many new laws and women increasingly are filling the roles left by the men.
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…