Were the Edwardians like us?
Waitresses serve afternoon tea in Wood's Restaurant, Berwick-upon-Tweed, in 1902.
The Edwardian period covers the years after the death of Queen Victoria (1901) and up to the start of the First World War (1914). It is called ‘Edwardian’ because for much of the period the country was ruled by King Edward VII (1901-1910). Use the PowerPoint (above) to look at a selection of photographs of Edwardian life. They are divided into Work, Leisure, Transport and Childhood. Pupils can then fill in the charts provided, either on your whiteboard or on the worksheet (above). This will help them use the photographs as evidence to compare Edwardian life with life today. After looking at all the photographs they could pick one to use for a 'Then & Now' presentation. They would draw (or photograph) what the same activity would look like today and say how it has or hasn't changed since Edwardian times.
Learning aims and outcomes
- Describe and begin to explain different interpretations and representations
- Make informed judgements about the validity of information
- Identify source material that can be used to answer specific questions
- An understanding of when the Edwardian period (1901-1914) was would be helpful
Extended learning and useful links
- Use the Image by Theme - Edwardian Life to find more images
- Use records from the 1911 census (offered online by Ancestry or Find My Past to look at people from your town/village to find out who they were and what type of jobs they did
- The National Archives Census Detective activity
- The British Film Institute have Edwardian film to use as part of this topic