How can we find out about what Whitechapel was like in 1888?

What to expect in the onsite workshop: 

In the onsite workshop students investigate what made Whitechapel in 1888 an area where policing was challenging. Themes such as poverty, immigration, women’s lives and housing are explored. This session develops skills in assessing a source’s usefulness for a particular historical enquiry.  

The two-hour workshop is led by an experienced history educator in an inspiring learning space at The National Archives in Kew. Students handle a range of original documents including census records, maps and Metropolitan Police records 


What to expect in the online workshop: 

In the online workshop in your classroom students will investigate what Whitechapel was like in 1888 by exploring a range of documents including a photograph, the census and register for a homeless shelter. This session develops skills in assessing a source’s usefulness for a particular historical enquiry.  

 The one-hour online session in your classroom is led by an experienced history educator, you only need a microphone, large screen and webcam to take part. Interactive activities encourage students to discuss their ideas and work in groups using high-quality materials provided in advance by the Education team.  

*Note we will adapt the timing of the workshop to fit with your lesson times.   


Connections to the curriculum: 

  • EDEXCEL GCSE History (9-1) Crime and Punishment Through Time 
  • OCR GCSE History B (9–1) Schools History Project: Crime and Punishment, c.1250 to present 

Session options

This session is delivered as a:

Online Workshop

in your classroom

1 hour

Onsite Workshop

at The National Archives

2 hours

Available: all year

Cost: free to UK schools

Suitability: Key stages 3 & 4

Request a booking

Contact us

All activities must be booked in advance.

Tel: +44 (0)20 3908 9162

Email: education@nationalarchives.gov.uk