Black Country Museum Y8 History Trip

On Thursday 19 May 2011, Year 8 went on a History trip to the Black Country Museum. The staff at the Museum made some very positive comments about the appearance and behaviour of our students – well done!

Here are some reports from the students:

“On 19 May 2011, Maryhill High School took Year 8 to the Black Country Museum. I was shocked to see how poor the facilities in the old days were. The toilets were very poor. There was a plank of wood with a hole in it with a bucket underneath. You went and sat on the toilet, it went in the bucket and you chucked it away on the crops. The toilet had to be shared with other people as well.

One of the houses my group went in was called a toal house. We were told about the families that lived in the house. There were 10-13 people living in a 2-bedroom house. The girls would share a room with their Mum and the boys with their Dad. The Mum would sew a duvet-like cover and fill it with straw and another cover on top if needed as there was 6-9 in a bed.

I also found the mine interesting. The miners never saw one bit of daylight, except on a Sunday.”

Abbey Parton (8GJ)

* * * * *

“On my visit to the Black Country Museum, I thought it was very interesting and enjoyable. There were many places we could go and visit and I learnt a lot of facts that I didn’t know before.

My favourite part of the day was going in the old fashioned houses. I enjoyed this because it showed you how people lived and the conditions they went through every day.

My least favourite part of the day was the coal mine. I didn’t like it because it was small and dark. It surprised me how people used to work every day and how little they were paid for doing a dangerous job.

I enjoyed the school because it is different from schools now. They were much stricter and they were different to how we learn today.

I learnt how people used to live and how they worked every day.

I saw how to make chains and how chains would be used. It was a very dangerous job and I wouldn’t have like to work like that.”

Amy Ash (8HM)

* * * * *

“My visit to the Black Country Museum was very interesting and enjoyable. We were able to see how life used to be like and how they lived. We went in a chemist, an old school room, a mine and old houses. I learnt a lot of things that I didn’t know before.

My favourite part of the day was when we went into the old houses and the old shops to see how their life was like and how they made tablets and chains. I can’t believe how they made tablets and medicine and how they lived.

My least faviourite thing was going into the mines. I didn’t like it because it was very small, enclosed and dark. It was surprising how they worked at such a young age, didn’t get much money and they were down there for 12 hours.

I enjoyed the day and I learnt a lot more about life than when I went before. The guide told me a lot about how they lived. I am glad I didn’t live in those days. I also learnt why it was called the Black Country and the reasons for how they lived. It was very dangerous in those days.”

Kira Stanaway (8SIA)

* * * * *

“On 19 May 2011, Year 8 went to visit the Black Country Museum. We went to see what it was like living in the Victorian times.

St Thomas’ School: In Victorian times, schools were very strict because if you had nail varnish on, you would get the cane. They also had this handwriting called hooks and hangers. The date and title had to be all underlined and you had to always sit up straight and look smart.

Houses: The houses were very small because you had to buy the piece of land and then build your house but all the houses were rented.”

Kirsty Jackson (8SP)

* * * * *

“At the Black Country Museum, the mines were good because you could see how and where they worked. Some people would have a really dangerous job like chopping the ceiling down.

I also liked the old school because it was funny when people got told off and got the cane. Also the writing they had to do was too posh and boring. I didn’t like the writing.

I really liked the fair, the sweets and the chips. They tasted so nice.

I think the houses were a bit too crushed together and the toilet was outside. I wouldn’t like to have lived in those days.

I learnt that women and children didn’t have a choice and 5-year olds had to work. Also people didn’t dare say no because of how you would have been treated.

I saw that the mine’s ceiling got lower and lower and all you had in those days was a candle for 12 hours as you worked. People would have died down there because of how dangerous it was.”

Chloe Thompson (8SP)

* * * * *