I'm a grandmother, a retired teacher, an avid reader who loves historical re-enactment, English Country Dance, writing and Op Shopping. My business www.StepIntoHistory.com.au is designed to help children experience history through school incursions.
Published October 14th 2018
Discover the good old days
If you are a parent of a primary school child, you may know that Year 1 and 2 students study the past - toys, games, technology and what life was like in general in their grandparents' day.
Some schools organise excursions to historical villages and some teachers bring items of relevance into the classroom. Why not enhance your child's learning by visiting one of the many historical villages to be found in Brisbane and the surrounding area.
How we got clean before bathrooms. All images by writer.
Set out amidst beautifully cared for garden with a road that runs through a village of over 70 houses, shops and other buildings, including a train station, a school, a hospital, a prison and a morgue.
This village is large so allow plenty of time. There are several eateries, so you can stop and rest although they are not all open all the time. A lot of effort has gone into making the houses look like authentic homes with tables set and potties under the bed!
Note the meat safe in the background.
My favourite part was a display of old pumps that you were allowed to use.
There is also a fantastic model railway display. It is huge. It is most appropriately housed in the railway station. You can drive the train and pull the cord to blow the whistle
There are a number of real shops, including the lolly shop and a pottery. The Old World Pub and the very rustic Stanmore Hall are for hire for weddings or special events
Home of annual events like the Steam Fair, Steampunk Exposition, and regular markets, this museum is a mix of historic buildings and workshops. It has a classroom complete with slates and inkwells and a very interesting video of members of the Petrie family.
The Steam Museum has a collection of working steam engines and there is a range of firefighting apparatus
This is the home of amazing medieval stained glass windows which have been restored. Some date back to the 1500s. Regular kids activities such as 'Kids Dig' are well worth going to. Families will enjoy the Medieval Festival and for adults, there is Picnic at Pemberley in September and a Ball in May.