Victorian Schooldays

Exhibition exploring the life of school pupils in the 19th century and changes to the school system throughout the century.

Mr Johnston's School (SCS 05156)Our current exhibition explores the history of education and the history of childhood during the Victorian and Edwardian periods. The period witness significant changes to the British education system, with significant growth in the proportion of children receiving an elementary schooling by the early 20th century.

The exhibition uses books and archives from Special Collections to explore Victorian Schooldays from the perspective of architecture, teaching and school children. Outside of the classroom, it sheds light on the games children played and the growing market for children's literature.

The display also makes use of newly digitised recordings from the East Midlands Oral History Archive, extracts from which can be heard on our accompanying online exhibition.

The exhibition runs from 6 March until 7 July 2017 in the basement of the David Wilson Library, and may be viewed from Monday to Saturday between 9.30am and 5pm and on Sunday between 12.30pm and 5.30pm on Sunday. Entry to the Library is free but security controlled. Ask for admission to the Special Collections exhibition at reception.

You can also visit the online Victorian Schooldays exhibition.

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