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Educational resources

1. Educational resources

In recent years the Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies has been developing services for schools which can bring local archives into the classroom to complement the topics taught at different Key Stages in the National Curriculum.

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

 

Resources have been produced to accompany the workshops but they can also be purchased separately.  In addition the Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies has other purchasable resources which may be of use to teachers and pupils alike.

Making Victorian life a real experience

Hard copy resource pack to accompany workshop of same name.  Free with workshop but can be purchased separately for £15.

This resource pack is a compilation of resources taken from both the Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies and the  County Museum collections.  The pack contains 20 quality reproductions of photographs, census returns and maps brought together as a case study of Miss Millburn, schoolmistress at St. Johns school, Aylesbury.  The pack can be copied for distribution in class or used to create a display in the classroom.

Victorian crime and punishment

CD Rom to accompany workshop of same name.  Free with workshop but not available separately.

This resource pack is a compilation of resources taken from both the Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies and the Buckinghamshire County Museum collections.  The pack contains quality reproductions of photographs, census returns and maps of Aylesbury focussing on the Victorian genre painting of The Jury, by John Morgan.

Tudor Buckinghamshire

CD Rom to accompany workshop of same name.  Free with workshop but can be purchased separately for £9.99 from the Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies or the County Museum.

Tudor records including inventories, parish registers and clothing accounts from the Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies collections are reproduced with translations and explanatory text. 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 a selection of documents presented in PowerPoint which illustrate different aspects of the war as it affected the Buckinghamshire regiments.  This is followed by documents reflecting the lives of three different Buckinghamshire soldiers from very different walks of life.  Letters, census returns, trench log books, photographs and diaries are all used to convey an impression of 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 from the Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies

2. Resources for School Projects in the Local Studies Library

At the Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies 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 students in the past with GCSE Geography projects examining how a chosen town or village conforms to particular geographical model and with History projects looking at drawing up a historical picture of a particular town or village.

Sources available to consult include:

Maps:

  • 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.

Photographs:

  • 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, the Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies is 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.

PDFs are available on:

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).