Pupils dress up for peep into the past

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RECEPTION children became curators for an afternoon after setting up their own museum.

The 57 youngsters from Fordingbridge Infant School’s youngest year proudly showed their parents the results of their efforts and explained to them how the old-fangled items from Victorian times worked.

The little ones also dressed in appropriate garb thanks to Fordingbridge Museum, and unveiled two separate museums – one for toys and another for household items.

Teachers Penny Crump and Ros Smith organised the event, which saw most of the parents coming along to join in the fun.

Mrs Crump said: “It was really busy.

“The children had made posters and leaflets and labels for their museum and learned how everything worked before showing their parents around.

“They were particularly interested in things that didn’t have plugs that do now, and toys that haven’t changed so much, such as wooden trains, spinning tops and abacuses.”

Alderholt toymaker John Broderick went along to talk to the children, who were fascinated by his mini saws, and they learned a little science along the way, studying pushing and pulling toys.

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