Educational resources

1. Educational resources

In recent years we have been developing services for schools, which can bring local archives into the classroom to compliment the topics taught at  Key Stages in the National Curriculum.

These are on hold at present but we hope to restart them soon. Our web based packs are available as are our Victorians, Tudors and World War I resources.

Packs have been produced to for the workshops but they can also be purchased.  The CBS has other resources which may be of use to teachers and pupils alike.


Making Victorian life real 

Hard copy packs for the workshop are free, but can be purchased for £15.

This pack is a taken from our archives and the County Museum.  The pack contains 20 copies of photos, census returns and maps as a case study of Miss Millburn, schoolmistress at St. Johns school, Aylesbury.  The pack can be copied for use in class or used to create a display.


Victorian crime and punishment

Free CD Rom for the workshop of same name.  Only available with the workshop. This pack is made from our archives and the Buckinghamshire County Museum. 

It contains copies of photo's, census returns and maps of Aylesbury during the Victorian genre painting of The Jury, by John Morgan.


Tudor Buckinghamshire

CD Rom for the workshop are free, but can be purchased for £9.99 from our archives or the County Museum.

Tudor records including, parish registers and clothing accounts are copied and translated. A section on buildings identifies Tudor buildings and their features in the county and there are quiz pages for children to use.


Buckinghamshire Soldiers in WWI: Not Forgotten

A CD which starts with documents in PowerPoint and show aspects of the war as it affected the Buckinghamshire regiments.  Then documents on the lives of three different Buckinghamshire soldiers from very different walks of life. Letters, census returns, trench log books, photo's and diaries are all used to convey the life of a soldier during the First War.  There is also an artefacts box which represents a soldier’s kit and can be borrowed by schools. 

Price £5 

2. Resources for School Projects in the Local Studies Library

We have a large number of sources that can help students with school projects. Our Local Studies Library is able to provide advice and support for students in using them.

Amongst other subjects, we have helped past students with:

  • GCSE Geography projects examining how a chosen town or village conforms to particular geographical model
  • history projects looking at drawing up a historical picture of a particular town or village


Sources available to consult


  • Ordnance Survey maps from 1899, 1925 and 1960 and a digital map from 2000 to show the physical change of a chosen place over the last 100 years.
  • Goad Maps of the larger towns in the County, showing the layout and shops of the town centre.
  • Geological maps covering Buckinghamshire and the surrounding areas.


  • Online databases of historical photographs of  Buckinghamshire.
  • Photographic history books of many Buckinghamshire towns.

Local history library

  • A range of books covering a variety of subjects and places in the local area.
  • Folders of pamphlets, sale catalogues and other material of local history interest, arranged by place and by subject.

Population information:

  • Population graphs every ten years from 1801 to 2001.
  • Access to the censuses from 1841 to 1901, which give names and occupations of people in Buckinghamshire towns and villages.
  • Kelly's Post Office Directories giving names and occupations of Buckinghamshire people from the late 18th Century until 1939.

3. Web based learning

To find new ways of bringing archives into the classroom, we are developing a series of PDF files which comprise scanned images of records, explanatory text and ideas for classroom use. 

Topics have been chosen to fit in with the QCA history schemes and may be used in all Key Stages.


Available PDFs

Crime and Punishment in Victorian Times: Aylesbury Prison

Buckinghamshire Home Front during World War I

Buckinghamshire during the Second World War (including evacuation, schools, the armed forces, bombing in Bucks, farming and rationing).