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The session runs from 10.00-12.00 and comprises two distinct 55 minute activities.

The first part takes place in the historic courtroom. Based on genuine court cases, students dress up and take on the roles of named characters to re-enact the trials of children in Victorian St Albans, in the very courtroom where those trials took place.

In the second part of the session children work in three groups to examine three forms of historical evidence – the subterranean police cells underneath the courtroom; Victorian police artefacts from the museum’s own collection; and written information taken from court cases recorded in the Herts Advertiser.

Throughout the morning children will consider similarities and differences in crime and punishment, and the lives of children in Victorian times, with what happens today. 

This workshop is aimed at KS2 Years 5 & 6

The workshop is £180 for 2 hours and up to 32 children

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