At the heart of the Ragged School Museum is a unique classroom, where each year some 16,000 children go to experience a glimpse of Victorian life.

The room has been recreated in one of Dr Barnardo’s original classrooms, restored as it was in the 1870s.

The classroom is equipped with authentic and well-used school desks, slate writing boards and chalks, blackboards and easels and even dunce hats.

As well as the classroom, they have reconstructed a domestic kitchen, as it would have been in the year 1900, complete with utensils and artefacts for visitors to handle.

Both rooms are in use on a daily basis to provide today’s children with an insight into the lives of their great great great grandparents.  All  lessons are led by an actor in full Victorian costume.