Edith Cavell & Other Past Lives
KS1 school session at Peterborough Museum
From £200 per group
From 1857 to 1928, the museum building was the Peterborough Infirmary, the first hospital for the city. Primary sources in the museum collection and census records from 1911 have been used in planning this fully immersive experience day.
Become a trainee nurse at Peterborough Infirmary and go about your duties:
- In the operating theatre
- Matron Cavell is visiting us to see how we train our new nurses. Help to get the operating theatre all ready for the doctor as you find out more about Edith Cavell and the changes in the nursing profession over time.
- In the hospital kitchen
- Meet Eve Hall and use original objects as you help with the chores including making pastry and cleaning the numerous sheets. You will also make a nurse’s hat.
- Edward’s home
- One of today’s patients is a child and has a burn injury. Look at a Victorian kitchen similar to the patient’s. What do you think happened to him and how could it be prevented from happening again?
National Curriculum links: History, English, Science, PSHE.
In this ‘Edith Cavell & Other Past Lives’ experience, pupils will:
- Learn about the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international medical practice achievements (Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole, Edith Cavell, Joseph Lister, Alfred Caleb Taylor)
- Learn about a significant historical site in their own locality.
- Show an understanding of aspects of Victorian/Edwardian life (or a past life) and be able to compare with life of today.
- Be able to identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods.
- Develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time.
- Appreciate that artefacts help us to understand the past.
- Participate in discussions, role-play and improvisations.
- Show understanding that good practices can contribute to good health
- Identify dangers and describe some appropriate safety measures in the home.
“It was all so well organised. The fact that the staff were dressed up for role play made it so much more interesting. The children learned so much and now want to learn more.” (teacher from Anthony Curton CEVA Primary School)