The History of Education Centre - Lothian SCIO

The History of Education Centre - Lothian SCIO The History of Education Centre (Lothian) SCIO runs the Victorian Schoolroom, a fantastic resource for school and community groups. www.histedcentre.org.uk
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The History of Education Centre grew out of a concern that a valuable part of our educational and social history was quietly disappearing and often ending up in a skip. As schools were modernised or closed for good, old desks and abacuses, dusty books and blackboards, slates and old wall maps, were just being dumped. Whilst everyone might not agree wholeheartedly with the saying that ‘schooldays a

The History of Education Centre grew out of a concern that a valuable part of our educational and social history was quietly disappearing and often ending up in a skip. As schools were modernised or closed for good, old desks and abacuses, dusty books and blackboards, slates and old wall maps, were just being dumped. Whilst everyone might not agree wholeheartedly with the saying that ‘schooldays a

We're really looking forward to seeing everyone this Sunday (the 3rd of December) for our open day, part of Edinburgh's ...
29/11/2017
24 Doors of Advent - What's on - Edinburgh's Christmas - Underbelly

We're really looking forward to seeing everyone this Sunday (the 3rd of December) for our open day, part of Edinburgh's '24 Days of Advent'!

Our (beautifully decorated!) building will open to the public from 11am until 4pm, and we'll be running miniature Victorian school lessons throughout the day (lasting approximately 20 minutes each), once an hour on the half-hour. We must warn you, though - we won't be any less strict just because it's Christmas...!

We'll also have food, drinks and stocking fillers for sale, plus a bit of carol singing in the afternoon. You'll be able to have a go at writing on our slates or with our split-nib pens and ink in our authentic Victorian schoolroom, and see all manner of old-fashioned household objects in our museum room. Our costumed volunteers will be on hand to help out and answer any questions.

This is a free event. For more information about 24 Days of Advent please see the Edinburgh Christmas website:

http://www.edinburghschristmas.com/whats-on/24-doors-of-advent2

Our free event 24 Doors of Advent returns from 1 - 24 December, allowing you to peep behind usually closed

13/10/2017

Please excuse us for mentioning anything to do with the 'C' word before Hallowe'en, but we are very pleased to confirm that we'll be taking part in 'Edinburgh - 24 Days of Advent' this year!

We'll be opening our doors on Sunday December the 3rd, from 11am until 4pm, and will be running miniature Victorian lessons throughout the day, once an hour on the half hour. There's plenty to see and do and we'll have Victorian themed food, drinks and stocking fillers for sale as well. Come and try your hand at writing a letter to Santa with our split-nib pens and ink, or simply enjoy finding out what it was like to be a Victorian schoolchild - we won't be any less strict just because it's Christmas...

This is a free event, open to the public. Looking forward to seeing you there!

28/03/2017

Here it is then! Our new phone number:

07376572626

Because the centre is only staffed part-time the best way to reach us is by email but if you do call, please leave us a message and we'll get back to you asap.

27/03/2017

Hi everyone. Just a quick note to say that we've ditched our landline number because of the endless problems we've been having with it and will be replacing it with a mobile number which should be up and running tomorrow, hopefully! Will update to confirm.

As ever, because the History of Education Centre is only staffed part-time, the quickest (and cheapest!) way to reach us is by email.

06/11/2016

Unfortunately, due to circumstances outwith our control, we regret that we won't be taking part in this year's '24 Days of Christmas' event. We would have loved to participate and we're sorry for any disappointment this may cause.

Thank you all very much for the support at the last two Christmas events! We very much hope to take part again next year.

25/09/2016

The miniature Victorian lessons we're running today last approximately 20 minutes and will start at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm.

Come and be terrified by our strict Victorian teachers...!

Look at that, we're in the Evening News!Doors Open Day is going really well so far, everyone seems to be very much enjoy...
24/09/2016
What to see at Edinburgh Doors Open Day 2016

Look at that, we're in the Evening News!

Doors Open Day is going really well so far, everyone seems to be very much enjoying themselves. Don't forget we're open until 4pm today and from 10am until 4pm tomorrow. See you there!

It’s one of the Capital’s most exciting weekends, but with 119 buildings taking part in Doors Open Day 2016, where do you start?

19/09/2016

We are extremely sorry, but there's been a misprint in the Doors Open Day brochure.The History of Education Centre (aka The Victorian Schoolroom) is NOT wheelchair accessible. Please accept our apologies.

26/08/2016
The Cockburn Association - For Everyone Who Loves Edinburgh

We're open for Doors Open Day weekend again this year, from 10am to 4pm on the 24th and the 25th of September. As with previous years we'll be running miniature Victorian lessons throughout both days...looking forward to seeing you there!

More information available at the Cockburn Association website:

The Cockburn Association - For Everyone Who Loves Edinburgh

22/06/2016

At the beginning of every visit to the centre there's always a brief introduction before getting the costumes out. On Tuesday this week, while giving the intro, the volunteer leading the session asked the class,

"So! Does anyone know why they're here today? What is it we're going to do?"

One wee lad put his hand up and said,

"Learning, Miss."

"Well, yes, that's right. What kind of learning?"

"HORRIBLE learning, Miss."

We're fairly sure he meant learning about horrible things like the tawse, not that a visit to our centre is horrible...!

03/03/2016

At the start of every lesson in the schoolroom, we begin with a prayer and a reading from the Christian Bible, as the Victorians would have done. Today, after the reading, our role-play teacher held up the Bible to the class and asked them;

"Can anyone tell me what this book is? It begins with an 'H'."

"Harry Potter, miss?"

Not quite the holy book we had in mind, no... :D

Edinburgh's Christmas '24 Days of Advent' is fast approaching and we'll be open again this year, this time on Saturday t...
02/11/2015
24 Doors of Advent - Blog - Edinburgh's Christmas - Underbelly

Edinburgh's Christmas '24 Days of Advent' is fast approaching and we'll be open again this year, this time on Saturday the 5th of December from 11am until 4pm.

http://www.edinburghschristmas.com/blog/24-doors-of-advent

From December the 1st to the 24th, various buildings around Edinburgh whose doors are usually closed to the public will be opening up like a magical advent calendar, a different building every day.

The building itself is of little interest. What is fascinating is what is contained within: a fully functioning Victorian Schoolroom complete with old wooden desks, blackboards, slates, the tawse, finger stocks and cutty stool and other items. Come and write a letter to Santa with an old split nib pen and ink in the classroom, or see how the Victorians decorated their homes for Christmas in our museum room where many of our household exhibits can also be handled or used. You can also enjoy some Victorian-style Christmas fare. Our volunteers will be on hand (in costume, of course!) to answer questions - and yes, we'll be running miniature Victorian lessons in the schoolroom!

By happy coincidence, Leith Walk Primary School, whose grounds we are based in, are having their school Christmas Fair on the same day. That means more stalls and more refreshments...and those of you who are former pupils of the school and have said to us in the past that you were disappointed we're not based in the main building so that you could have a look around, will be able to do so this time!

What more could you ask for? :D Looking forward to seeing you all there!

This real-life advent calendar lets you open a door a day throughout December! Each day from 1 – 24 December,

Doors Open Day weekend is fast approaching! We'll be open to the public on the 26th and the 27th of September from 10am ...
16/09/2015
The Cockburn Association - For Everyone Who Loves Edinburgh

Doors Open Day weekend is fast approaching! We'll be open to the public on the 26th and the 27th of September from 10am until 4pm.

At regular intervals throughout both days there will be miniature (20 minutes long) lessons with our stern role-play teachers, so come along and find out what it feels like to be a Victorian school child! You'll be able to use our slates and slate pencils, the split-nib pens and ink, the sand trays...and maybe you'll find out what happens if you misbehave...?

Our museum room will have various displays to do with this year's theme, food and drink, as well as our extensive collection of home-life artifacts from the Victorian era and beyond. You'll be able to find out what the Victorians ate and drank - perhaps some of it will surprise you!

We hope to see you there!

Doors Open Day is run by the Cockburn Association. Further details are available on their website.

http://www.cockburnassociation.org.uk/

The Cockburn Association - For Everyone Who Loves Edinburgh

We'll be at the Volunteer Recruitment Fair on the 7th of October, 11am to 7pm in St Paul's and St George's on York Place...
22/07/2015
Volunteer Centre Edinburgh - Volunteer Recruitment Fair 2015

We'll be at the Volunteer Recruitment Fair on the 7th of October, 11am to 7pm in St Paul's and St George's on York Place, Edinburgh. If you've ever fancied becoming a Victorian (or WWI!) schoolteacher then come along and meet some of our volunteers - they'll be glad to answer your questions. :D

We're also looking for management committee members, if that's more your sort of thing. Come along and say hello!

Pictured: David is one of our own volunteers who kindly helped us out on the day. Here he is enjoying the sun and directing visitors to the venue.

22/06/2015

We're pleased to confirm that we'll be taking part in this year's Doors Open Day weekend, on the 26th and the 27th of September. The theme this time is food and drink, which we are very much looking forward to! We'll be open from 10am till 4pm on both days as usual. More details to come nearer the time. Hope to see you there!

05/05/2015

The History of Education Centre has vacancies for two management committee members.

We're looking for enthusiastic individuals with an interest in history and/or education and in particular those with experience in any of the following: fund-raising, publicity and marketing, building maintenance or archiving. There are three meetings a year which take place in the Central/Leith area of Edinburgh, within walking distance of Leith Walk. EH7 5NG

If you think you might be interested, please email our administrator, Julie Donald, for further information:

[email protected]

If you scroll down a little, this page has a beautiful example of one of Queen Victoria's mourning gowns!
04/05/2015
“Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire (October 21, 2014-February 1, 2015)” — A review...

If you scroll down a little, this page has a beautiful example of one of Queen Victoria's mourning gowns!

“Although fashion magazines and etiquette manuals typically advocated simplicity as the guiding principle in Styles, even deepest mourning attire could conform to every nuance of fashionable dress, replicating not only its silhouette but also its ornate forms of embellishment.” — from one of the lab…

It seems Her Majesty liked haggis...!
11/03/2015
Queen Victoria book to go on show

It seems Her Majesty liked haggis...!

A gilded manuscript based on a book by Queen Victoria which detailed time she spent in the Highlands is going on show in Scotland.

A big welcome to everyone who's 'liked' us recently! Don't forget, if you're in Edinburgh or the surrounding area - we t...
04/02/2015
The Victorian Schoolroom

A big welcome to everyone who's 'liked' us recently! Don't forget, if you're in Edinburgh or the surrounding area - we take adult groups as well as school ones!

If you have a group of between 10 and 30 people and fancy finding out what's it's like to be a child at school in the Victorian era - or in the middle of WWI - get in touch with our administrator. Contact details are on our website.

www.histedcentre.org.uk

What do you remember about your schooldays? Were they happy ones, or are you old enough to remember getting the belt? Youngsters today seem to have a much more relaxed attitude to school and cannot imagine the strictness and discipline that used to prevail. We at the Victorian Schoolroom are happy t…

17/12/2014

St Joseph's RC Primary visited us recently and were kind enough to write down what they thought about their experience for us. Here's a couple of quotes:

"At the Victorian classroom I learnt how to write without smudging the ink and if you wrote with your left hand then you got the strap so they could tie your hand to the back of the seat because being left handed was the sign of the devil and I WON the handwriting contest for the neatest handwriting. After you came back from school you couldn’t go out to play you would have to do CHORES!! (What I’m trying to say is life was more terrible in those days.)" - From Charlie

“In my opinion the Victorian house and school was very fascinating. The school was so different compared to school now. I feel sorry for the kids because when they come back from school they couldn’t play because they had to do a lot of chores. Also I don’t think they should hit the kids with the belt as it was very hard. I enjoyed writing with the unusual ink pens. It was very disgusting how families had to use the same bath water. Unluckily the Victorians always had porridge and I don’t like porridge. The teachers were so stricked. It was very weird how they believed that your left hand was the sign of the devil. Over all I enjoyed the experience”. - By Arabella

Hmm... Perhaps we ought to reassure everyone that Victorian children did get to go out to play sometimes!

11/12/2014

We had our last class for this term today - the children were barely in the door before one of them asked,

"Is it really true that Victorians didn't have computers?"

"Yes, that's true."

"Wow..."

"There was no electricity, let alone computers."

Cue several jaws dropping!

Address

9 Brunswick Road
Edinburgh
EH7 5NG

General information

The Victorian Schoolroom in Edinburgh is run by the History of Education Centre (Lothian) SCIO.

Telephone

07376572626

Products

• Lessons and tours: We provide lessons in our authentic Victorian schoolroom and guided tours around our museum, all led by our fantastic voluntary role-play teachers. You'll be able to dress up like a Victorian child, use slates, write with split-nib pens and ink, see the various punishments meted out to children who misbehaved and find out exactly how much work went into running a Victorian household. We are also able to provide WWI themed lessons, if preferred.

These visits are available to school and community groups. Please contact our administrator, Julie Donald, for further details.

Opening times: We are open all year round (including during the school holidays), by appointment.

Admission charges: £3 for under 16s, £5 for adults. We regret that we are unable to offer any other concessions at this time.


• Box loans: Why not borrow our box full of Victorian items and photographs? The box is available for up to three weeks at a time, and is perfect for school Victorian days or reminiscence work.

The box costs £20, £10 of which is refundable upon its return.

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