Four days’ hard labour

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 can be combined with a visit to the Museum of Richmond, where pupils will discover how the railways transformed life in Richmond. Using objects from the Museum’s handling collection, they will also explore Victorian Wash day, Victorian Schools and  Victorian toys.

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, Combined workshop, Online workshop. Find out more about the types of session we offer.

Session options

This session is delivered as a:


at The National Archives

2 hours

Combined workshop

at The National Archives and The Museum of Richmond

2 + 1.5 hours respectively

Online workshop

in your classroom

1 hour

Available: All year at The National Archives. Joint session available on 30 April, 14 May and 18 June 2019.

Cost: The National Archives session is free.

Combined session: £2.50 per pupil for LBRuT Schools, £3.50 per student for non-LBRuT schools. The charge for this session should be paid to the Museum of Richmond.

Duration: 2 hour workshop at The National Archives, 1.5 hour workshop at The Museum of Richmond.

Suitability: Key stage 2.

To book a combined session with the Museum of Richmond, please contact:

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All activities must be booked in advance.

Tel: +44 (0)20 3908 9162