Gunton Project Educational Resources
As part of the Gunton Archive Project, the Norfolk Record Office’s Education and Outreach team have created some fantastic resources for teachers, pupils, extended schools and youth groups, as well as anyone with an interest in history. These resources build on themes explored in the successful children’s activities the team ran over the course of the project.
The resource packs can be found on the Norfolk Record Office’s website.
One of the packs, ‘Making ginger beer’, was developed from activities tried and tested by groups of children with the help of the Education and Outreach team. Readers of earlier blogs may also remember that ginger beer featured at the A Norfolk Estate, its People and Places exhibition launch. In addition to a nineteenth-century recipe, the pack introduces young people to a Harbord of Gunton cook’s book and to old weights and measures.
Using the ginger beer activity to explain old weights and measures.
The resources focus on three topics included in the National Curriculum:
• Food in Georgian and Victorian Times
• Local History
• Life and Labour in Victorian Times.
All resources include the following sections:
Sources: Primary sources and other material, including images of original documents held at the Norfolk Record Office, ready for viewing and discussion by teachers and student.
‘What I see’ sheet: A worksheet which can be used to jot down comments, ideas and observations on the sources. Classroom discussion would be useful after pupils have filled in their comments.
Activities: Various activities relating to individual topics and sources. The material can be downloaded free of charge and printed out.
Did you know?: A section for teachers and pupils, providing a brief introduction and background to the different topics.
Notes: A section particularly useful for teachers, providing details as to how specific resources have been designed with the National Curriculum in mind, as well as ideas and suggestions for further activities.
Life and Labour in Victorian Times:
Great Houses and Domestic Labour in Victorian Times
Food in Georgian and Victorian Times:
Making Ginger Beer
Shopping Lists from the Past
Local Landmarks: a Look-Out Tower in Overstrand, Norfolk
Local Landscapes: the Gunton Estate Map
These resources will be updated to include audio clips.
Education in the Harbord papers
There are various records relating to education in the Harbord papers. Those of you who have been able to see the A Norfolk Estate, its People and Places exhibition will have seen that we have letters from Edward Harbord, dated 1795 (when he was aged 10½), to his father, describing his experiences at Eton (GTN 5/9/2/2-32). A petition within his papers also shows that one of the arguments for the introduction of civil registration was to prevent people from being excluded from the ‘privileges and rewards of learning in the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge’ (GTN 5/9/92).
A database of University of Cambridge alumni shows that various members of the Harbord family went to Cambridge. Harbord Harbord, first Baron Suffield, attended Christ’s College.
Harbord Harbord’s son, Edward Harbord, third Baron Suffield, chose not to go to Cambridge, matriculating at Christ Church, Oxford, in 1799 (GTN 5/9/3/1).
Edward Harbord’s papers include correspondence regarding the Middleton Mechanics’ Institute, as well as the University of London.
Search our catalogue to find out about the rôle the Harbords played in setting up schools in Roughton and Suffield.