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I become a Victorian kid!

Ellie (left) and other Blist Hill Street Kids show what Victorian school life was like
Ellie and other Blists Hill Street Kids show what Victorian school life was like

Press Packer Ellie, 10, travels back in time to the Victorian era as part of a project run by her local museum.

Here she tells us more about life in the past:


"I am a Blists Hill Street Kid. This means I dress up in Victorian clothes and demonstrate and act in front of visitors to the Blists Hill Victorian Town.

We play with old-fashioned toys on the streets, like stilts.

The visitors come and watch, take photos and sometimes even ask if they can have a go!

One of the main things that made me want to be a street kid was the chance to do the drama workshops.

Made-up characters

We have made up our own Victorian characters - mine is called Grace.

And we write scripts to act out in front of the visitors so they can see what sort of things our Victorian characters might go through, like having the cane if they are naughty!

Ellie and other Blists Hill Street Kids pretend to be Victorian children
Ellie and other Blists Hill Street Kids pretend to be Victorian children

Even when we walk through the museum on the way to the school we are acting and so we walk on with our heads bowed like good Victorian children and pretend we haven't noticed them.

Tough life

As a street kid I have also learnt about the jobs Victorian children had to do, like making bricks and candles.

Life was tough for Victorian children.

They left school at the age of 12 and went straight to work, and they had to give most of their wages to their parents.

So even though I love the museum I'm glad I'm not a Victorian child!

Being a Blists Hill Street Kid has given me the chance to learn more about children in the past, and is giving me skills, confidence and knowledge I can use in the future."

Ellie, 10, Shropshire, England


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