This Classroom was created in 1879 when the original large schoolrooms were subdivided – as in many schools.
It has been restored to represent a typical classroom of the late 1890s, with the “latest” incandescent gas lighting and an open fire.
It looks like the pupils have just left their slate-work and gone outside for drill!
You can see the original bench-like desks and the individual lift-top desks which replaced them – and which you may recall from your own schooldays – if you’re a certain age!
For reasons of bio-security, you can’t sit at the desks or lift their lids at present, but you’ll still get a feel for what school life was like for children in the late nineteenth century – and their fear of the cane, hanging prominently and threateningly.