Girls and boys learned together in primary schools, but were separated in secondary schools.
Boys learned technology: woodwork, maths and technical drawing, to help with work in factories, workshops or the army when they grew up. Girls sent away to be trained as governesses were not much better off, as you can learn from reading Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.
For parties, lots of little Victorian girls wore red cloaks - perhaps because Little Red Riding Hood was a favourite nursery story.
Children at boarding school were given horrid-tasting medicines such as brimstone and treacle. If a child felt ill, the teacher might buy a cheap potion such as James Morrison's Universal Pill - said to cure every ailment! In class, children learned lots of lessons by heart - such as poems and their times tables. One rather unusual punishment was being sent to sit in the 'coal-hole' - where coal for the school fire was stored! This was a group of workers in the countryside, doing jobs like weeding, sowing seeds, and harvesting crops. Temperance organization which tried to stop people, especially children, from drinking alcohol.
A school run in her home by an elderly woman, known as a dame, where children were taught basic reading and writing. A group of men who travelled around Britain to investigate the working conditions of children in both factories and mines.

Boys' schools, started in the Middle Ages as an alternative to Church schools and giving free education to some boys.
The era of rapid and great change in industry and manufacturing with the growth of factories, beginning in the late 1700s. These were pieces of slate (like a flat stone), sometimes set inside a wooden frame, used for writing - with a special slate pencil. Disease causing fever and, in those who did not die from it, leaving 'pockmarks' on the skin. Place where people without means of support (usually the very poor, young and elderly) were sent to live; they got a food and a bed in return for work. On Tuesday 26 May, the Oxford University building created by Zaha Hadid was unveiled and named the Investcorp Building.
Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser of Qatar was the keynote speaker for the unveiling of the new building. Relocating the library and archive to the Investcorp Building will make space available in the college’s existing buildings for further academic offices, studies and seminar rooms to accommodate the growth in student numbers in recent years.
They wiped the slate clean, by spitting on it and rubbing with their coat sleeve or their finger!
The first good girls' schools were started in Victorian times, such as the North London Collegiate School (1850).
They knew about measures we no longer use such as poles, perches, rods, chains and furlongs.
He had bread and butter, with watery milk, for breakfast; for dinner, a lumpy pudding the boys called 'stickjaw' with burnt meat and hard potatoes.

In Victorian times, coal heated homes and provided steam power for machines, trains and ships. The ?11 million building was commissioned by St Antony’s College to provide much-needed space for its Middle East Centre.
The Investcorp Building’s design connects and incorporates the existing protected buildings and trees. A teacher could also punish a child by making them stand in the corner wearing a 'dunce's cap'. Such collaboration and communication are essential in driving open debate and in helping us build just societies based on universal, eternal values.'The Investcorp Building is named after the alternative investment firm that donated ?11 million for the project. Mr Nemir Kirdar, Investcorp’s Executive Chairman and CEO, commented: 'From the outset, Investcorp’s mission has been broader than effecting mere financial transactions.
This meant writing out the same sentence (such as 'Schooldays are the happiest days of my life' 100 times or more. Her history parallels our vision of Oxford’s Middle East Centre as a British centre of excellence with deep roots in the region. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

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