School Life at Ropley Primary School 100-150 years ago

This summer term, Ropley History Network and Archives volunteers again worked with a group of Ropley Primary school children in an after school club aiming to research a local building, landmark or person.

Introducing local archives.  Initially the children were introduced to maps new and old, basic genealogy research and documents and other resources to enable them to learn about their local history.

What to investigate?   The children then had to decide what area of Ropley’s history that they would like to study. This term the children were intrigued to learn what it was like to be a school child approximately 100 years ago.

The children clearly voiced their opinions of what might interest them and carefully guided by the volunteers, they were encouraged to investigate and see where it led them, using archives provided by the Ropley History Archive and other historical sources some of which are shown below.

Documents – Ronald Childs memories, 1839 Tithe map and a 1901 census return for Ropley

Week by week their project developed and expanded in preparation for a display in the school and also for this page.  Finally in the last two sessions the children laid out the collection of documents, deciding where each piece would go and what wording was to go with each image and then put it all onto the display boards.


To see the full project display, click on the PDF link below to see the full project – a collection of documents, photographs and  information that they put together during their investigation

We have leant new history words like ‘transcribe’ and ‘census’

“The big maps of Ropley are great – the club has made me enjoy History even more.”

The sessions were organised by a steering group member, experienced in genealogy resources and a newly retired history teacher.


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