Time & Location
18 Jun 2022, 20:00 BST – 19 Jun 2022, 02:00 BST
Hitchin, 41-42 Queen St, Hitchin SG4 9TS, UK
About the event
HISTORY OF BRITISH SCHOOLS MUSEUM The first school on the site was founded in 1810 in an old malt house onthe street, which burnt down. The Victorian Monitorial schoolroom (built 1837) could hold 300 boys, taught by monitors and just one teacher. Joseph Lancaster built schools like this up and down the country, and from the USA to India. The Monitorial schoolroom at the museum is now the only one left in the world. William Fitch was the first and only Headmaster to live in the Headmaster’s Housefrom when he built itin 1857 to his death in 1902. The Victorian Gallery classroom was built to cater for a class of 110 boys, all sat on the floors: Desks would not have been used –they probably only needed slates to write on.
ACCESS TO THESE AREAS •Boys’ Monitorial Schoolroom - Built in 1837,this large space is perfect for a base from which your investigations occur. Previously used to house a whole boys’ school. •Boys’ Gallery Classroom - Built in 1854, this rare example of a galleried classroom has witnessed thousands of boys being taught over the years. •Infants’ Classroom - From 1857, infants were taught on the ground floor of this building. •Girls’ School Corridor - Pupils would have heard the teachers’ footsteps echo as they approach the classrooms. •Headmaster’s House - This two-storey home for Mr Fitch and his family was built in 1857. •Air Raid Shelter - Originally the boiler room, this underground space served as an air raid shelter during WWII.
EVENT INCLUDES • Complimentary tea and coffee • Complimentary light snacks • Access to areas as mentioned above • Conduct investigations your way within your team.
PLEASE NOTE Tickets are non refunable or transferable.
NOT SUITABLE FOR THOSE WITH MOBILITY ISSUES OR HEAVILY PREGNANT WOMEN
No alcohol or drugs permitted and strictly no under 18's
PARKING The two closest options are: St Mary’s Square car park (SG4 9TN, short stay, 300m walk) and Woodside car park (SG4 9SG, long stay, 650m walk).
Full payment on deposits are due 4 weeks prior to any event.