Tag Archives: social history

“Whip top! Whip top!”: play throughout the seasons… and times

How would you find out about games and toys in former times? Are there instructions for families on how to make a spinning top or a rag doll? Are there essays on the origin of obscure nursery rhymes? And were … Continue reading

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Fictional favourite

I studied History at school until A’ Level and am still interested in the way in which is taught. Upon recently rereading one of my favourite books in the Education in Literature Collection, To serve them all my days by … Continue reading

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The woman at the plough

A buff cardboard cover, an old-fashioned flourished script, a title specifying that this is a textbook for girls – this book could raise some nostalgia. When you open the innocent-looking work, you are confronted with a photograph of three happy children … Continue reading

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A studious skeleton

Have you ever asked yourself if there were pop-up books or jigsaw maps in former times? Or what kind of guides governesses and Sunday school teachers might have had to hand? Some answers can be found in an auction catalogue … Continue reading

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