Four days’ hard labour

Victorian child prisoner, Albert Cullum (PCOM 2/300)
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What was life like for a Victorian child criminal?

Photographs, reports and drawings from our prison records are used to explore the lives of Victorian children who were classed as criminals. Pupils investigate Victorian attitudes to crime and punishment, and explore the cases of children imprisoned at Wandsworth Prison in the mid 19th century.

This session supports schools focusing on a thematic study in British history (beyond 1066).

Connections to the curriculum: History, English (spoken language and writing – composition).

Available as: On site workshop, Videoconference, Virtual classroom. Find out more about the types of session we offer.

Session options

This session is delivered as a:


at The National Archives

2 hours

Virtual classroom

in your classroom

1 hour


in your classroom

1 hour

Available: All year

Cost: Free to UK schools

Suitability: Key stage 2

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All activities must be booked in advance.

Tel: +44 (0)20 8392 5365

Fax: +44 (0)20 8487 9202

Contact the education team