Children make history in Morden library

Year 4s from Wimbledon Chase Primary School made history come to life when they attended a history lesson in Morden Library earlier this month.

Tucked into the children’s activity area at the back of the Library, the pupils pored over old maps and census data and had the opportunity to find out what Merton was like in the ‘olden days’. They looked at photos of Wimbledon Town Centre, the local railway, Wimbledon Chase and Raynes Park as well as learning about transport during the 18th and 19th centuries.

The classes were laid on by Merton Council’s Heritage Service in partnership with teachers from Wimbledon Chase Primary and were designed to make history more relevant and exciting for the schoolchildren.

The pupils were particularly interested in finding out what it was like to go to their school in the past and enjoyed holding historic artefacts like old school slates, Victorian oil lamps and a flat iron.

Comments from some of the year 4 pupils from Wimbledon Chase Primary included:

Saarujan Soothewsaran:
‘I enjoyed the bit where we saw all the old pictures especially of our old school. I couldn’t believe our old school was built on a farm.’

Megan Kothari:
“To actually look at pictures that were one hundred years old was absolutely amazing.’

Jennifer Howson, a Year 4 teacher at Wimbledon Chase and the joint history co-ordinator for the school said: “The children really enjoyed the class, especially the artefacts. The experience added richness to our pupils’ history lessons and we’ll be back again next year.”

Councillor Maurice Groves, Cabinet member for Community Services said:
“It’s great to see youngsters getting to grips with history and using Merton’s libraries in such an innovative way. It shows how valuable a resource they are and I encourage more schools and more young people to visit our libraries across the borough.”

Notes to Editors:
– Photos of Wimbledon Chase Primary School Year 4s at Morden Library available on request.