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A leap in the dark?

Reform: Look before you leap

Workshop details

Key Stage: 5

Number of participants: This session is primarily aimed at a class of up to 30 pupils, accompanied by at least 2 - 3 adults, although sessions have been tailored to suit small groups.

Length of session: A leap in the dark? has been developed to last approximately three hours but it can be customised to suit other time frames.

Venue: This workshop is held at Palace Green Library. Please look at our Your Visit pages for full information about visiting the Library.

Session outline

This challenging session using documents from and about some of the most well known Parliamentarians and Parliamentary events of the Victorian age in order to create a unique and simulating day. During the session pupils will study the source material critically in order to participate in a role playing session during which they will argue over the very nature of the act in question. This session has been developed primarily for A level pupils studying 19th century British politics.

‘A leap in the dark’ is the phrase coined to describe the passing of the controversial 1867 reform act. This session will allow pupils to look first hand at some of the documents that helped shape this act. From the Punch cartoon showing Disraeli winning the Derby to letters from Gladstone, this session aims to show A level pupils the benefits and pitfalls of primary source investigation. Pupils will be challenged to study the source material in order to participate in a plenary style debate over the very nature of the 1867 act.

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